Sunday, December 03, 2017

Infra hurdles on airport runway for more international flights

Pune: Airport authorities here have pledged to take up proposals of flight operations by foreign airlines with the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
"We will welcome foreign airlines interested to connect their cities to the Pune airport. If any such proposal comes, we will certainly look into it pursue the issue with the authorities," an airport official said.
The Pune airport has been witnessing only four international flights — two to Dubai (Air India and SpiceJet), one to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways) and one to Frankfurt (Lufthansa) — since long now.
An Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) report states that though the Pune airport is on track for a record growth in terms of domestic passenger movements in the next three fiscals until 2021, its growth in the international circuit is "decent" but "not as big" compared to the domestic segment (see graphics).
03/12/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India