Thursday, November 25, 2021

Plans to use international departure space for domestic flights at Pune airport

Pune: City airport authorities have requested the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to allow them to handle domestic operations from the international departure area to effectively control the crowd.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Pune Airport Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, airport director Santosh Dhoke said that in addition to this, a requisition has been sent to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters in Delhi to increase the number of Central Industrial Security Force personnel by 200.

“At present, the airport is 12 hours operational but from December 1, it would operate 24 hours. This would require spacing of flights. The total flights’ movement after December 1 is expected to grow. We are looking at a total of 160 to 180 flight movements daily after December 1,” Dhoke said.

He said with this, the number of passengers is also expected to rise. “Thus, a request has been sent to BCAS to allow us to use the international departure area of the airport to process domestic passengers. This will help in better crowd management,” Dhoke said.

Before the pandemic outbreak, the Pune airport had two international flights to Dubai operated by SpiceJet and Air India Express.

25/11/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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