Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pune Airport may get intl status by 2019

With several expansion plans and developments coming in for Pune Airport, the airport authority is positive about getting an international status for the premises at Lohegaon and thinks this will happen by 2019.
Pune Airport director Ajay Kumar, while addressing a press conference on Saturday, said, “We have been communicating with the aviation ministry for the past three years now to get international status and are expecting it to happen within the next year. There is no issue of criteria that we are facing but things are taking time. The status will bring more international players to the city, which isn’t the situation as of now as only domestic flights are currently allowed in Pune Airport, though we have Lufthansa which operates on special request. One of the hurdles that Pune Airport is facing while wooing international players is that it currently has the status of a customs airport.”
The city airport will be adding a few more flights plying between Pune and southeast Asian countries in March 2019 and domestic players Jet Airways, IndiGo and Vistara have shown interest in operating flights from the city to Thailand and Singapore.
MP Anil Shirole added, “Along with members from the Maratha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, I had met former minister of civil aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, regarding the Pune-Singapore flight as there was a huge demand for the same and it has finally happened. Some more international flights will be added in May. We are also looking at the extension of the runway and will be requiring 300 acres. All kinds of work is in progress and things have gone very well till now. We hope for similar success going ahead.”
14/10/18 Pune Mirror
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