Monday, October 11, 2021

Post-runway work, no 24-hour ops at airport till December 1

Pune: Lohegaon airport director Santosh Dhoke on Sunday said the airport will not resume round-the-clock flight operations once it reopens on October 30, following a two-week closure for runway recarpeting work.

“As per information received from the Indian Air Force, the flight operations will continue only in a 12-hour window daily till December 1, after which round-the-clock flight service will begin,” Dhoke told TOI.

The airport has been operating only from 8am to 8pm since last October, when the surfacing work was first taken up. As per an initial plan, 24-hour operations were slated to begin from this month-end.

The lack of flight operations between 8pm and 8am has been the main reason for flight bunching at the airport, leading to chaos, confusion and crowding at the airport’s check-in counters and security screening. The problem has become more pronounced since the number of flights increased in the last few months.

Meanwhile, passengers continued to face trouble over rescheduling or cancelling their tickets booked for the closure window of October 14 to 29. “Since this was announced, I have been trying to call up a travel portal for options. Each day, I am put on hold for around an hour after which the phone automatically disconnects,” Arun Kadam, who had planned a trip to Jammu on October 20, said. He added, “Festive season is a time to celebrate with family, but we are all so stressed out as no one has been giving us any proper answers.”

11/10/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of india

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