Aviation

Air India Express’s Pune to Dubai flight to operate in winter

PUNE: Air India Express, a subsidiary of national carrier Air India, would continue with its direct flight between Pune and Dubai in winter.

An airline official said on Wednesday that the flight would operate through the entire winter schedule until March, reports The Times of India.

It would also start international cargo export within a fortnight from the Pune facility.

A top official of the company told TOI last week that the flight was making losses, triggering speculations over its discontinuation.

Suhas Jadhav, the station manager of Air India in Pune, told TOI, “The flight will continue operations for the whole winter schedule and the bookings have been opened until March. It should be good news for passengers in two minds about the flight.”

Confirming that the flight would start international cargo export in a fortnight, he said, “The clearance has been given by the Pune customs. We are thankful to them for expediting the process.”

Terming the development good news, aviation expert and analyst Dhairyashil Vandekar said, “Less number of international flights from Pune has been a concern. With the Air India Express’ Dubai flight to continue operations, the passengers will benefit.”

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