Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pune to Singapore direct flight soon


PUNE: The wait for a flight to a new international destination from Pune airport is expected to end soon. Sources at the Pune airport told that a domestic airline may soon start a flight to Singapore. With the service, the number of international flights from Pune will go up to five.

“Although much details cannot be divulged, Pune airport will very soon have a flight connecting with Singapore. Details are being worked out,” said an airport official.

Sources at the airport said that Jet Airways was expected to begin the flight. However, when contacted, a Jet Airways spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the information. “At this moment, no comments can be made on the topic and we have nothing to share. Any due announcement on the same will be made when the time comes,” the spokesperson stated. As of now, Pune airport has just four flights heading to international destinations.

A senior official from an airline that currently operates an international flight from Pune airport said that the city’s proximity with Mumbai and the airport being a defence one, were some of the reasons why there were fewer number of flights.

“Since it is a defence airport, there are many restrictions, which results in flights getting delayed. Moreover, there is the issue of load factor as well. In south India, there are many flights to places like Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi. With Pune so close to Mumbai, the fares are such that passengers prefer travelling from Mumbai,” the official said.

Sources said that more international flights were expected once the new terminal of the facility is ready. “The new terminal building will open a lot of avenues. However, one has to concentrate on increasing the length of the runway of the airport and the work should be simultaneous. For bigger aircraft to land, one needs a longer runway and apron area,” another AAI official pointed out.


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