Darbhanga airport adds another milestone to India's air connectivity

Darbhanga, adjacent to the India-Nepal border, is a rapidly expanding historic city in the state of Bihar. The city was connected by air on 8 November 2020 under the regional connectivity scheme "UDAN". The Darbhanga civil enclave built by the Airports Authority of India is poised to become the busiest RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) airport. The number of daily flights has risen from three to six, which is now connecting Darbhanga to major metros including Delhi and Mumbai. Darbhanga Airport, with a capacity of about 200 passengers, is also equipped with a child care room, baggage x-ray machine, conveyor belts. The airport has an apron built to park two AIRBUS-320 aircraft. In addition, the terminal building has been given a local identity with regional folk art Madhubani paintings. With the commencement of this airport, passengers from about 17 districts of North Bihar will be benefited. People of Bihar's Mithilanchal region were demanding the construction of an airport for a long time as they had to endure long, tiring journeys till Patna to catch their flights. All the required protocols are being followed at Darbhanga Airport. From maintaining social distancing at the terminal, sanitizing passengers' baggage, cleanliness is being taken care of at the airport. Under the UDAN scheme that started in 2017, it was resolved to connect every part of the country by air travel. Under this, around 57 airports have been upgraded so far and travel has started on 326 new air routes. Darabhanga Airport is an example in this episode.