Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Lohegaon airport: 12-hour cap on flight operation timing comes into effect for runway re-carpeting work

Pune: The window of flight operations was reduced to 12 hours from Monday at the Lohegaon airport for the runway re-carpeting work.

The flights will now operate from 8am to 8pm. “The Indian Air Force (IAF) started the 12-hour night-time runway closure from October 26, which will go on for almost one year,” an airport official said.

The official said there would be 60 flight movements (departures and arrivals) in the weekends. It would increase to anything between 65 and 70 in weekdays.

Sources stressed that the airport could handle 48 departures and the same number of arrivals even with the limited time slot for flight operations. “There are 30 to 35 daily departures as of now and there is room for more flights that we can handle between 8am and 8pm. Altogether, around 26 flight movements (arrivals and departures), which used to happen in the evening and night time, have been shifted to the daytime slots,” another airport official said.

The winter schedule of the Directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) came into effect from October 25. “It will continue till the end of March next year. Some additional flights may be approved for the Pune airport based on airlines filing for slots,” the official said.

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced a new tri-weekly flight from Pune to Chennai during the winter schedule. It will take-off from Pune at 12.30pm.

27/10/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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