Thursday, January 12, 2023

Pune Airport mulls restarting Pune-Mumbai flight, expert says service a ‘necessity’

Three years after it wound up unceremoniously with the closure of Jet Airways in 2019, Pune Airport officials are working towards persuading airlines to restart direct air service between Pune and Mumbai.

As per officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI), they have started talks with the airlines to get them on board to start the service. Officials said that they have started working in this regard as there is considerable demand for such a service. They are also in contact with the Mumbai International Airport to gauge a time slot for the service.

Jet Airways used to operate a flight service between Pune and Mumbai. However, after the airline shut shop in April 2019, no other airline provided the service. Soon, the pandemic started which disturbed the sector in an unprecedented manner. The air traffic from Pune Airport has now normalised with daily aircraft movements and passenger footfall breaking all-time records during the recently-concluded festive season.

12/01/23 Atikh Rashid/Indian Express

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