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Pune Airport to have no flight operations for 14 days due to runway resurfacing works

As per information received from Indian Air Force (IAF), due to runway resurfacing works, Pune Airport will have no flight operations for 14 days from 26th April 2021 till 9th May 2021

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New Delhi: There will be no flight operations from the Pune airport for 14 days due to runway resurfacing work, the airport authorities said on Sunday. The Pune Airport at Lohegaon is operating from defence land which is owned by the Indian Air Force and the repair work at the airport had started on 26 October last year.

“As per information received from Indian Air Force (IAF), due to runway resurfacing works, Pune Airport will have no flight operations for 14 days from 26th April 2021 till 9 May 2021,” said the airport authorities. Note that at present, flights are operating from Pune only during the day. The repair work continues every night between 8 pm and 8 am.

Aa per the Airport Director, all the night flight services, including take-offs as well as landings, have been spread out in the day. On average, 10 flight services from the night hours will be scheduled in the day time. Before the lockdown, the airport, which has only one runway, witnessed a total of 170 flight movements daily on an average.

Last year, an airport official had stated, “From September 15, the landing distance from the Lohegaon side of the runway will be reduced to around 2,133m. Work on the runway’s Wagholi end (runway 28), will be completed by next October. All airlines have been informed and they will make changes and adjustments, accordingly.” 

It is worth adding that the Pune airport serves both domestic and international flights, especially to West Asia. The increasing number of flights and passenger footfall have made the construction of a new terminal and runway expansion mandatory.  The airport is all set to get a new integrated terminal building. The new terminal with an investment of Rs 475 crore to handle 2,300 passengers during peak hours is expected to be completed by March 2022.

The swanky new terminal building will be able to process 2,300 passengers (1700 Domestic and 600 International) during peak hours. Equipped with five boarding bridges, 34 check-in counters, and in-line baggage handling system, the terminal will be an energy-efficient building with 4-star GRIHA Rating.

To enhance the passengers’ convenience, a Multi-Level Car Park (Ground plus three-storeyed +2 basement floors) with a cost of Rs 120 crore is also under construction. With the parking capacity of 1024 cars, the facility will be connected to the departure area of the existing building with a sky bridge with the provision of escalators & an elevator at the building aside for dropping/ going up. The work for Multi-Level Car Park (MLCP) is likely to be completed by April 2022.

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