The Pune International Airport will remain closed for operations for 14 days starting October 16 as the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be carrying out runway resurfacing work. All flights scheduled during the period have been suspended. Sharing the information, the Pune airport informed the passengers about the closure in a Twitter post. “This is to inform all passengers that as per information received from the Indian Air Force (IAF) due to runway surfacing works, all flights from Pune Airport will not operate for 14 days from October 16 to October 29, 2021,” the tweet read.
Earlier, the resurfacing work was proposed to be completed between April and May 2021, but it got postponed and now it be carried out in the third week of October 2021. The Pune airport is currently being operated out of IAF station in Lohegaon. The city is in the process of coming up with a new international airport in Purandar. Issues pertaining to land acquisition have delayed the commencement of work. Meanwhile, a number of airlines have requested the government, both civil aviation and defence authorities, to defer the airport closure in the peak festive season.
Currently, 55 flights are operational from the Pune airport and daily passenger footfall recently crossed the 10,000 mark after rise in the number of domestic air travellers.