Pune Airport

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Pune Airport
Departure Lounge Pune Airport India.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerIndian Air Force
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesPune, Maharashtra
LocationLohagaon
Hub forIndiGo
Elevation AMSL592 m / 1,942 ft
Coordinates18°34′56″N 073°55′11″E / 18.58222°N 73.91972°E / 18.58222; 73.91972Coordinates: 18°34′56″N 073°55′11″E / 18.58222°N 73.91972°E / 18.58222; 73.91972
Map
PNQ is located in Maharashtra
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PNQ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,539 8,329 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2021 - March 2022)
Passenger movements37,13,491 (Increase 73.7%)
Aircraft movements30,821 (Increase 55.4%)
Cargo tonnage28,702 (Increase 8.6%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Pune Airport (IATA: PNQ, ICAO: VAPO) is a customs airport located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) northeast of the historic centre of Pune in the state of Maharashtra, India. The airport is a civil enclave operated by the Airports Authority of India at the western side of Lohagaon Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. The airport serves both domestic and international flights, especially to West Asia. In financial year 2020, the airport handled 8.09 million passengers.[4] The airport is awarded as 'Best Airport by Hygiene Measures' in Asia-Pacific in 2020 by Airports Council International.[5]

Overview[edit]

Pune Airport has a 2,540 m long runway oriented 10/28. A former secondary runway is now used as a taxiway by the IAF. A 2200m x 23m parallel taxiway was constructed by AAI to facilitate civil operation on the southern side of runway 10/28. The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities as well as navigational facilities like DVOR/DME and an NDB.[6] As Pune's Air Traffic Control is operated by the IAF,[6] there is often friction between the AAI and the IAF over flight schedules and night landings. There is currently a basic working relationship between the two parties; they have agreed to allow night landings of civilian flights for the time being, though this is not a long-term solution.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The airfield was established in 1939 as RAF Poona to provide air security to the city of Bombay (now Mumbai). The base was home to World War II squadrons of de Havilland Mosquito and Vickers Wellington bombers and Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft.[7] In May 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force took charge of the airfield.[8] The airport was declared as a customs airport in January 1997 for the export of specified goods. With effect from 12 December 2005, the airport was certified as a customs airport for the clearance of passengers and baggage.[9] International flights to Dubai and Singapore commenced by Indian (Previously Indian Airlines) in 2005.[10] These flights however were not cancelled later. In 2004–05, the airport handled about 165 passengers a day or around 60,000 passengers. It increased to 250 passengers a day in 2005–06. There was a sharp rise in 2006–07 when the number reached 4,309 passengers a day (1,500,000 a year) and more than 2.8 million passengers a year in 2010– 2011 (about 8,000 passengers a day).[11] The airport was ranked third best in the category of 5-15 million passengers by Airport Service Quality.[12]

A 100 crore airport modernisation plan was launched in preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Games hosted by Pune. In August 2008, AAI completed construction of two new terminal extensions for international passenger departures and arrivals, measuring nearly 12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft) on either side of the 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) old main terminal building, which was inadequate for the increase in passengers and flight operations. The terminal extensions have helped ease peak-time pressure of air passengers. Facilities developed on the air side include a new parallel taxi track and an apron expanded to accommodate eight Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircraft. Two aerobridges were also commissioned in 2011. New conveyor belts and passenger facilities including a modern spa were also commissioned.[13]

The Airports Authority of India has invested 40 crore in 2018 for a brand new second terminal, which will be integrated into the existing one in order to ease air traffic. Construction began in late 2018 and will be completed by January 2023.[14]

All the offices of the AAI and the Central Industrial Security Force will move to the new administrative block, creating more space in the terminal building. The building will also house a VIP lounge with independent access to the airport terminal building. The airport power sub-station near the entrance gate will also be shifted to the new building this freeing up more space for developing passenger amenities.[15]

An Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been proposed to ensure smooth takeoffs and landings even in deteriorated weather conditions.[16]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
AirAsia IndiaBangalore,Delhi, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata[17]
Air IndiaAhmedabad,[18] Bhopal, Delhi[19]
Alliance AirBelgaum, Hyderabad, Nashik[20]
Go FirstAhmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Nagpur, Surat[21]
IndiGoAhmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Mangalore (begins 1 October 2022), Nagpur, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram (begins 1 October 2022),[22] Visakhapatnam (begins 3 October 2022)[23]
SpiceJetAhmedabad,Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai–International, Goa, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Kolkata, Patna, Tirupati[24]
VistaraBangalore, Delhi[25]

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at PNQ airport. See Wikidata query.

Future[edit]

Aircraft at Pune Airport

Cargo terminal[edit]

There is a proposal of creating an international cargo facility from this airport. This project will enable foreign cargo operators to operate in the airport. The airport was declared as customs airport on 17 January 1997, primarily for exporting perishable agricultural products. This project will also help to attract of foreign airlines to operate to the airport. The 600 sq.m. terminal will be located adjacent to the new adjacent second terminal.[26]

Airport expansion[edit]

A second terminal is under construction on the eastern side of the current airport terminal. It will be twice the size of the current terminal. It will have 5 aerobridges and advanced technologies with duty-free shops and food courts. It was estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which caused lockdowns and curfews, it resulted in lack of labour and caused several delays in work. As of September 2021, construction work has been resumed. As of January 2022, the new terminal is 68% completed, and is expected to be completed by January 2023.[27]

Proposal for a new airport[edit]

Due to the limited expansion options available, the airport will not be able to cope with the growing demand for air traffic into Pune. Hence, a greenfield airport for the Pune metropolitan region has been proposed. The Government of Maharashtra has entrusted the responsibility to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) for executing the Pune International Airport project.[28] Probable sites for this project had earlier included areas around Talegaon Dabhade and Saswad near Pune. An area between Chakan and Rajgurunagar, around the villages of Chandus and Shiroli was under consideration.

However, due to land acquisition issues, a new site has been proposed. The greenfield airport will be located near the villages of Ambodi, Sonori, Kumbharvalan, Ekhatpur-Munjawadi, Khanwadi, Pargaon Memane, Rajewadi, Aamble, Tekwadi, Vanpuri, Udachiwadi, and Singapur near Saswad and Jejuri in Purandar taluka of Pune District in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[29] The proposed airport in Purandar will be spread over 2,400 hectares. This airport will also boost trade from Pune and neighbouring districts as it will have its own dedicated cargo terminal. MADC requested proposals from consultants to conduct techno-economic feasibility studies, assist in obtaining the required statutory approvals and provide project management services.

In August 2020, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar told the Pune district administration to check the feasibility of developing the new Pune International Airport at an alternative site proposed by Purandar MLA Sanjay Jagtap. The MLA had proposed land acquisition at Pandeshwar, Rise, and Pise villages, instead of the seven villages in Purandar taluka which have opposed land acquisition since the project was announced in October 2016. Total land acquisition cost is expected to be ₹ 4000 crore for the existing site. If the new site gets approved, land acquisition cost is likely to reduce.

Senior officials of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) have said that shifting the site of the Purandar Airport will lead to delay of more than two years in getting fresh approvals, and carrying out surveys of the new site.

Access[edit]

Pre-paid taxicab and auto rickshaw services to and from airport are available. Coach services to various key locations in Pune and private car rental services are also available. PMPML also operates airport shuttle to and fro from the city.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Leading airports across India in financial year 2020, by number of passengers handled(in millions)". statista. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. ^ http://aci.aero/customer-experience-asq/asq-awards-and-recognition/asq-awards/current-winner-2020/best-hygiene-measures/[dead link]
  6. ^ a b AAI website, 1 November 2011, archived from the original on 8 February 2012, retrieved 1 February 2012
  7. ^ "Lohegaon airbase celebrates Indian Air Force's 80th anniversary". The Times of India. 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Back To India". Bharat Rakshak. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Pune Customs website". Archived from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Pune airport accorded international status". Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Passenger traffic at Pune airport takes a big leap". Indian Express. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Pune Airport ranked third best in the category of 5-15 million passengers". Hindustan Times. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Pune airport braces for swanky look AAI to spend Rs 20 cr". The Times of India. 19 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  14. ^ Joy Sengupta (23 January 2022). "Maharashtra: New terminal building of Pune airport to be operational from January 2023 | Pune News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  15. ^ TOI, 23 March 2015, retrieved 23 March 2015
  16. ^ "Indian Air Force projects MAFI, GAGAN to benefit Pune airport". Indian Express. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - AirAsia India". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Air India launches first direct flight between Ahmedabad & Pune". www.punekarnews.in. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  19. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - Air India". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  20. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - Alliance Air". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  21. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - GoFirst". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  22. ^ "New flight to Pune from Oct. 1". The Hindu. 22 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  23. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - IndiGo". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  24. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - SpiceJet". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  25. ^ "Direct flights from Pune - Vistara". www.flightsfrom.com. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  26. ^ Lohegaon airport to have int’l cargo centre
  27. ^ Joy Sengupta (23 January 2022). "Maharashtra: New terminal building of Pune airport to be operational from January 2023 | Pune News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  28. ^ Our Corporate Bureau (10 August 2004). "New airport for Pune". Business Standard India. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  29. ^ "State wants more land for project". Sakaal Times. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pune Airport at Wikimedia Commons