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The air­field was es­tab­lished in 1939 as RAF Poona to pro­vide air se­cu­rity to the city of Bom­bay (now Mum­bai). The Pune Air­port was de­clared as a cus­toms air­port in Jan­uary 1997 for the ex­port of spec­i­fied goods. With ef­fect from 12 De­cem­ber 2005, Air­port was no­ti­fied as an in­ter­na­tional air­port for the clear­ance of pas­sen­gers and bag­gage.

Pune is the sec­ond largest city in the state of Maharashtra af­ter Mum­bai, and the ninth most pop­u­lar city in the coun­try. Sit­u­ated 560 me­tres (1,837 feet) above sea level on the Dec­can plateau on the right bank of the Mutha river, it is on the lee­ward side of the Sahyadri moun­tain range, which forms a bar­rier from the Ara­bian Sea. The old­est ref­er­ence about Pune, is found in­scribed on a Rash­trakuta Dy­nasty cop­per plate dat­ing back to AD 937, which refers the town as ‘Punya-vishaya’ mean­ing ‘Sa­cred News’. Pune, the ad­min­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters of Pune district was once the power cen­tre of the mighty Maratha Em­pire es­tab­lished by Chatharpathi Shivaji Ma­haraj.

Lo­cated 149kms south east of Mum­bai, Pune is bet­ter known these days af­ter the ep­i­thet‘ox­ford of East’, due to the pres­ence of sev­eral well-known in­sti­tu­tions in the city. The city is also known for its man­u­fac­tur­ing and au­to­mo­bile in­dus­tries, re­search in­sti­tutes in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Man­age­ment and train­ing which at­tracts stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als from In­dia and other parts of the world. Pune is one of the fastest grow­ing cities in Asia Pa­cific Re­gion and is also the sin­gle largest hub in In­dia for Ger­man com­pa­nies,

with over 225 com­pa­nies set­ting up their busi­nesses here. This city sym­bol­izes a “New In­dia” with a com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern and an­cient ethos thereby epit­o­mis­ing cul­ture of Maharashtra and at the same time rep­re­sent­ing the mod­ern face of it. This amaz­ing co-ex­is­tence of old and new makes Pune a favoured des­ti­na­tion for for­eign and do­mes­tic tourists. At that, Pune has in its prox­im­ity his­toric places like Shani­war­wada, Sing­had fort, Aga khan palace, Lon­avla and Ma­ha­balesh­war, where one can trace and cher­ish its vi­brant past.

AIR SIDE & TER­MI­NAL

Pune Air­port has a 2535 me­ter long run­way with 10/28 ori­en­ta­tion. A for­mer sec­ondary run­way is now used as a taxi­way by the IAF. A 2200m x 23m par­al­lel taxi­way has been 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 as Pane’s Air Traf­fic Con­trol is op­er­ated by the IAF. The air­port has ter­mi­nal build­ing of 22300 sqm with 29 checks in coun­ters, Three Com­mon user self­ser­vice coun­ters, and Four ar­rival con­vey­ors

PAS­SEN­GER TRAF­FIC AND CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

At present, Pune air­port han­dles do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights with 144 move­ments per day. It is well con­nected to all ma­jor In­dian metro cities viz. Mum­bai, Delhi, Ban­ga­lore, Hy­der­abad, Jaipur, Kochi, Goa, Nag­pur, Raipur, In­dore and Chandi­garh. The growth story of the Pune In­ter­na­tional Air­port con­tin­ues un­abated as this year, the air­port has reg­is­tered an im­pres­sive 25 per cent pas­sen­ger growth as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. Go­ing by the num­bers more than 61 lakh air pas­sen­gers had trav­elled from the air­port (from 2016 April - 2017 Feb). The max­i­mum num­ber of flights are Delhi-bound fol­lowed by Bengaluru.

Overseas flights, too, op­er­ate from Pune con­nect­ing the city with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Frank­furt.

PAS­SEN­GER AMENI­TIES

Re­cently, the Se­cu­rity Hold Area (SHA) in the air­port was in­creased by 250 sqm at ground floor and 200 sqm at first floor. Both ar­eas were in­ter con­nected by re­lo­cat­ing board­ing gates with fa­cil­i­ties like smok­ing lounge, restau­rant, and child care room which were made avail­able for pas­sen­gers. A to­tal 600 seats in­crease in SHA re­sulted in bet­ter pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion so that peak hour con­ges­tion was kept at min­i­mal. Four new for­eign ex­change coun­ters were opened for bet­ter pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion and the num­ber of Im­mi­gra­tion coun­ters in­creased from four to six in De­par­ture and Ar­rival lounges. One set of ladies and gents wash rooms were re­fur­bished and put into op­er­a­tion in ar­rival area. Be­sides this, 21 Flight In­for­ma­tion Dis­play sys­tems (FIDS) have been in­stalled and made op­er­a­tional at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Ter­mi­nal Build­ing along with in­stal­la­tion of two Big size FIDS on city side.

COR­PO­RATE SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY (CSR)

With AAI a pi­o­neer­ing force in the CSR front, it is just a norm that its air­ports also fol­low suit.un­der CSR, the pune Air­port has con­structed toi­lets in the schools and cre­ma­to­ri­ums at Ahmed­na­gar. Girls toi­lets has been con­structed in Zilla Par­ishad Pri­mary Scools of Kodit, Pan­wadi, Kumb­har­walan and Sonori.

EN­ERGY CON­SER­VA­TION INI­TIA­TIVES

LED type fix­tures were in­stalled in SHA, Check in area and Ar­rival for en­hanced il­lu­mi­na­tion on air­side. High per­for­mance LED fit­tings are pro­vided on air­side re­sult­ing into 50% of power sav­ing and also 30 to 40% in­crease in il­lu­mi­na­tion level.in all the toi­let taps, stan­dard 8 litres per minute (LPM) aer­a­tors has been re­placed with 2.5 litres per minute aer­a­tor. This has re­sulted in sav­ing of 790 ml wa­ter per use and daily sav­ing is ap­prox. 8000 litres.

AWARDS

Pune Air­port has achieved in the high­est ACI-ASQ rat­ing of 4.78 in Quar­ter-iv (Oc­to­ber-de­cem­ber 2016) and is ranked 29th in the world. The air­port emerged as the best

among 10 fa­cil­i­ties of the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia and moved sev­eral ranks up in the quar­ter Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 2016 de­spite fliers fac­ing sev­eral dif­fi­cul­ties in com­par­i­son to the same quar­ter in 2015.

Pune Air­port also won In­dian In­sti­tute of Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment Award for Public Sec­tor En­ter­prise of the year 2016 for ef­fec­tively managing more than 5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2015-2016 with lim­ited in­fra­struc­ture

CON­STRUC­TION OF NEW IN­TE­GRATED TER­MI­NAL BUILD­ING AT PUNE AIR­PORT

To meet the con­tin­u­ous and ever grow­ing traf­fic de­mand, con­struc­tion of New In­te­grated Ter­mi­nal Build­ing is be­ing en­vi­sioned, and IAF has agreed to hand over 15.84 acres of land to AAI for de­vel­op­ment in Phase I. Since the present ter­mi­nal build­ing has reached its sat­u­ra­tion, the pas­sen­gers are at in­con­ve­nience dur­ing peak hours. Hence, it is there­fore pro­posed to mod­ify and ex­pand the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal build­ing with high-tech in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties to cater to the fu­ture growth of Pune Air­port. The work is likely to start in the last quar­ter of 2017 and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late 2019.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal build­ing is planned for an ad­di­tional area of 42000 sqm which will fur­ther make it 57300 sqm and will han­dle 600 In­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers and 1700 Do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers dur­ing peak hours. The new Apron of 20800 sqm and four num­ber. of ad­di­tional Pas­sen­ger Board­ing Bridges is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for con­struc­tion with ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­provals granted. A mul­ti­level park­ing fa­cil­ity is also com­ing up. With this fu­ture roadmap, Pune air­port is all set to com­pete with the world’s best.

Air side view

SHA 1 First floor with dif­fer­ent con­ces­sion­ar­ies

Con­ces­sion­ar­ies in SHA

Ar­rival re­served lounge

Wide view of de­par­ture check in with XIBS ma­chines

Ajay Ku­mar, Air­port Di­rec­tor, Pune M.tech (Sys­tems and Man­age­ment) In­ter­na­tional Air­ports Pro­fes­sional

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