The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to develop the Indian Air Force (IAF) airport at Bihta in Patna district of Bihar as a new airport for international operations.
Accordingly, it has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Defence and the Government of Bihar, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question today.
He said the AAI had requested for additional land of 600 acres for Phase-I and 790 acres for Phase-II in lieu of existing Patna Airport.
AAI has also prepared Master Plans for development of Raxaul and Muzaffarpur airstrips and requested the State Government to provide additional land, removal of obstructions and diversion of road in the approach funnel, he said.
There are a total of 28 airstrips/aerodromes in Bihar, out of which 5 airports -- Gaya, Patna, Jogbani, Muzaffarpur and Raxaul -- are owned by AAI. Among these, Patna and Gaya airports are operational, the Minister added.