Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Passenger traffic at Pune airport grows at 29 per cent, fastest in western region

Pune airport, which operates from an Indian Air Force base, has become the fastest growing civil airport in the western region by passenger numbers. Passenger traffic at the airport is growing at an impressive 29 per cent this year, the highest among 28 airports under the Western Region Headquarters of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Officials said the number of daily flights at the airport has touched 200 from 158 last year. At this rate, the airport is expected to cross the 10-million-passengers-per annum mark this year. In 2017-18, the airport recorded 20.6 per cent growth in passenger traffic.

The feat is remarkable considering that Pune is the only airport among top airports (handling more than 5 million passengers per annum) operating only ‘Code C’ aircraft. The other top airports handle bigger aircraft, giving them an advantage in terms of passenger traffic. According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), aircraft with wingspans more than 24m but less than 36m — such as Boeing 737-700, Airbus A-320 and Embraer ERJ 190-100 — are ‘Code C’ aircraft.
10/07/18 Atikh Rashid/Indian Express