Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Scheduled international flights to start from March 28, no new link from Pune

Pune: No new international flight would operate from the city airport for the time being despite scheduled international flights set to fly out from India after two years from March 28 as per the summer schedule.

The authorities, however, expect some new overseas connections from the facility in a couple of months. An irports Authority of India (AAI), Pune, official said there was a strong possibility of some new international flights commencing operations from the city in the later part of the summer schedule, effective till October. “We have been in touch with airlines such as SpiceJet and Vistara, requesting them to start new flights to destinations like Dubai, Bangkok and Maldives. The airlines can consider these routes as the total flight-time is not more than five hours. We are hopeful that some of these routes will start soon,” said Sudhir Mehta, the president of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture.

At present, SpiceJet is operating a flight to Sharjah under the air bubble agreement.

“The decision on the Sharjah link will be taken at the headquarters level,” an airline official said.

According to sources, the flight to Sharjah — a special service — could be stopped. The travel portals show the flight from Pune to Dubai can be booked after March 28. But the direct flight to Sharjah and the Air India Express service are not visible for now

15/03/22 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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