Purnia: Bihar's Purnia district will be connected by air with state capital, Patna, and Kolkata from the first week of November with private airlines deciding to operate two flights a week.

The Bangalore-based Spirit Airlines has decided to operate a nine-seater plane on the two routes from November 6, its General Manager R Saxena told reporters in Purnia on Friday.

He said flying time between Purnea and Patna would be around 50 minutes and to Kolkata about one-and-a-half hours.

The fare to Kolkata will be Rs 3996 and to Patna Rs 3498, he said.

The number of flights could be increased in the future depending on passenger response, Saxena said.

The start of flight from Purnia would also help people in neighbouring districts of Araria, Katihar and Kishanganj.

Purnia had an air link in the past too. There was a flight between Purnia and Kolkata during 1956-58 run by a West Bengal airline, but it was stopped as it was not commercially viable.


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