Pune Airport to get a new terminal building by May 2023: Scindia

The Pune International Airport would get a new terminal building by May 2023, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia declared on Friday, November 25.

Pune International Airport terminal
A new terminal building will be inaugurated at Pune Airport by May 2023

Scindia was in Pune for an inauguration of the Aero Mall where he was talking about a multi-level parking facility near the airport, which is the need of the hour, due to heavy traffic flow. 

Airports Authority of India has allocated Rs. 500 Crore for the development of Pune Airport. He cited a new terminal building at Pune Airport, which would open in May 2023 and of which 75% of the construction is complete. The minister affirmed that a facility for international cargo will be added to the new terminal building. 

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“A direct flight from Pune to Bangkok has already started. Flight operations between Pune and Singapore will start on December 1. A new terminal will be constructed by May 2023 at the Pune airport. Seventy-five per cent of the new building has been completed.”

–Jyotiraditya Scindia, Civil Aviation Minister

Additionally, the BJP leader claimed to have a “very personal relationship” with Pune. 

“Though I live in Gwalior, my heart still remains in Pune. The city holds top rank in arts, culture, history, business, IT and much more.”

–Jyotiraditya Scindia
Pune city holds top rank in arts, culture, history, business, IT and much more: Scindia

Airlines have boosted the number of flights leaving Pune as the winter schedule has begun, and this month the airport is expected to operate 200 flights (100 departures and 100 arrivals) every day.

In addition, along with Dubai, Pune Airport has connections to Bangkok, Singapore, and Doha. The Pune to Singapore flight will start on December 2, and Pune to Doha flight will follow later on. 

The winter schedule has begun at the Pune airport, according to information provided by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at the beginning of November. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has allowed more than 200 daily slots for civil flight operations. There are typically 218 daily flying slots authorised by the IAF, with Sunday having the most (247). 

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As the winter schedule has started, airlines have increased the number of flights departing Pune, and this month the airport is anticipated to operate 200 flights every day

Since last October, the airport has only been open from 8 am to 8 pm. Initial plans were for 24-hour operations to start at the end of this month.

The primary cause of flight bunching at the airport, which caused chaos, confusion, and crowding at the check-in desks and security screening, has been the absence of flight operations between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Since there have been more planes in recent months, the issue has gotten much worse.

“Certainly, the daily flight operation slots have increased in the winter schedule as the number of both arriving and departing flights has increased. It is a good sign for Pune airport as there are greater footfalls and we are trying to provide the best facilities to passengers. Till now, 85 slots each for departure and arrival have been applied for with regard to daily flight operations but the number will only increase in the coming months considering year-end and the vacation season.”

–Santosh Doke, Director, Pune Airport
Pune to Singapore flights will begin on December 2, while Pune to Doha flights will follow next

He also added that the Pune to Singapore and Pune to Doha flights (one each) will begin next month. This will not only increase international travel but also cargo transport from Pune to various parts of the world.