Aviation

Pune airport makes local industry hopeful


PUNE
The Prime Minister Office’s nod to the proposed Pune International Airport has raised the hopes of the city’s business community and the aviation sector on the whole. They are expecting that once operational, the international airport will bring in more businesses and also enhance Pune’s connectivity with international destinations.

Additional director general of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) Anant Sardeshmukh, said, “A new international airport means expansion of export business as we will have more international connectivity. As on date more than 50% of the cargo that is shipped from Mumbai goes from Pune.

SK Jain chairman of civil aviation committee of MCCIA Pune, said, “The new airport will open the gateway (to several new possibilities) for Pune and adjoining cities. Passengers will not have to travel to Mumbai or Delhi to catch international flights. Now with such connectivity, more companies will like to open their offices in Pune, Jain added. Flight operators believe that their business will pick up and they will be able to provide more options to passengers travelling from Pune airport.

“Pune city has a lot of potential. The way we got a response for our two international destinations was outstanding. Once the new airport is opened, it will open a gateway for more international and domestic connectivity and passengers will have more options to choose from,” a Spice Jet official said.

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