Monday, September 07, 2015

Airport revamp plan to cater to frequent flyers

Pune: The Pune airport is all set for a makeover. Now that the current Pune-Mumbai Expressway mess is unable to divert much traffic towards Mumbai, frequent flyers are growing in numbers at the city airport. Keeping this and the future possibilities of more flyers in mind, the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) has made a five-year development plan (DP) for the airport. This plan envisions an independent civil airport by introducing additional commuter facilities, international flights as well as cargo facilities. The committee is expected to submit the DP to the Pune Airport Authority at its next meeting.
Private players stand to gain much from this exercise. Manoj Mittal, manager, Air India, Pune station, said, "We are getting an overwhelming response for the Pune-Dubai flight. Every flight is seated to capacity now. Pune is an IT hub, so there has always been a demand for international flights. Owing to the current constraints of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, people now prefer to take their flight from Pune. But, in the current restrictions on the Pune airport, it is difficult to get the slot. The Ministry of Defence will have to sort out the issue. The AAC and its chairman, Anil Shirole, are very enthusiastic about making this into a full-fledged airport with all modern amenities."
07/09/15 Sukrit Gumaste/Pune Mirror
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