Monday, March 02, 2020

Plan to raise Pune airport traffic to 16 million, more flights in offing

Pune: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Sunday that while Pune Airport is handling nine million passengers per year, the ministry wants to increase the traffic to up to 16 million. He also hinted that more flights were in the offing from Pune Airport.
Puri was speaking at the valedictory session on the third day of the Asia Economic Dialogue, organised by Pune International Center (PIC) in association with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The conference was on the theme ‘Asia and the Emerging International Trading System’.
“Today, India is the world’s third largest domestic civil aviation market. Our passenger throughput is 450 million per year. We will be looking at billions of passengers in a year in a very short period of time. We are also looking at adding another 100 airports in a few years’ time,” said Puri. He added that the aviation sector in India was growing and carriers were adding aircrafts.
“Talking about economic slowdown, one of our major airlines closed operations between December 2018 and April 2019. At that time, we had less than 600 civil aviation aircraft…and today, we are at more than 750, we’re adding two or three aircraft per week, one of our careers has got 300 aircraft on order. Does this look like an economic slowdown?” said Puri.
02/03/20 Indian Express

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