Monday, October 12, 2020

Pune airport passenger traffic less than 30% of pre-Covid levels

Pune: Despite the partial resumption of domestic flights, the Pune airport has this year witnessed less than a third of the passenger traffic compared to pre-pandemic levels.

With the runway recarpeting in progress and the consequent suspension of flight operations between 8pm and 8am from October 26, officials at the airport do not expect the traffic to pick up significantly. “If anything, 26 night-time flights being shifted to daytime slots could affect the numbers further,” one official said.

Another official said close to 9,000 passengers were using the airport on a daily basis. “However, we are not even close to pre-Covid levels,” the official said. Earlier, close to 25,000 passengers per day boarded flights from the airport.

“Earlier, the daily flight movements stood at 170. Now, keeping in mind the Centre’s social distancing guidelines, only 90 flights operate per day. The number of flights can only increase if the pandemic eases or a vaccine comes out,” the official added.

12/10/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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