Thursday, September 02, 2021

Pune Infra watch: Expanded Lohegaon airport to be completed by September 2022

Pune: The newly integrated terminal building at Lohegaon Airport is likely to be completed by September 2022, officials said.

Although the airport is a ‘civil enclave’ at Indian Air Force’s Lohegaon Station, the expanded Lohegaon airport will considerably increase the passenger handling capacity until the new airport starts functioning.

The new integrated terminal building with a massive 5 lakh square feet built-up area will be able to handle 19 million passengers per annum. The capacity of the current terminal building is a mere 9 million passengers per annum.

Pune Airport Director Santosh Dhoke told The Indian Express, “Nearly 61 per cent work of the project is complete and we expect to wind it up by September 2022. Once completed the building will increase the passenger capacity by two times and will be key in supporting the traffic growth. The expanded airport will provide a soothing, international travel experience for the flyers.”

The new terminal building with a total budget of Rs 475 cr will be centrally air-conditioned with five passenger boarding bridges, eight escalators, 15 lifts, 34 check-in counters, an in-line Baggage handling system, five conveyors belts in arrival thus elevating the civil enclave to metro airports in the country.

The building will be an energy-efficient building with a 4-star GRIHA rating. Provision of 36000 sq. ft. space for food and beverage, and retail outlets. The building will have a 400 Mtr. x 40 Mtr canopy on the city side covering the existing building and the new building which will give a magnificent look to the airport from the city side.

02/09/21 Indian Express

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