Pune city airport is introducing new flights to smaller cities for an improvised connection. This initiative will help people who have to migrate to bigger cities for work.
- Starting this month, several airlines are introducing new flights connecting Pune to tier-2 cities.
- The ease in negotiating slots in smaller airports has encouraged airlines to take this step even during the pandemic.
- The Pune-Goa flight would also resume soon.
New flights form pune
Pune: Starting this month, several airlines are introducing new flights connecting Pune to tier-II cities. According to the airline sources, this initiative has been taken to witness the needs of the people.
As employment opportunities, people migrate from smaller cities to more extensive areas. The ease in negotiating slots in smaller airports has encouraged airlines to take this step even during the pandemic.
Direct Flight for Three new cities
The Pune city recently launched three new connections – Nashik, Belagavi, and Surat. Now, the city airport will have direct flights to Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Amritsar, Gwalior (from August 20), and Tirupati. The Pune-Goa flight would also continue soon.
Another airline source added that they have witnessed several people from smaller towns traveling to cities, most likely for employment.
- An airport official said, the “Ranchi is a new sector for the airport, and there was no direct flight from here earlier. But now, new connections are being introduced. With Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tirupati also getting connected, we expect passenger traffic to rise.”
Interest is a primary concern for any airline before introducing flights, and profits don’t always come from tourist load.
SK Jain, former chairman of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and former head of civil aviation panel, told that it is more efficient for smaller airport centers to accommodate or find more slots and use the airport’s infrastructure more productively as compared to larger airports.