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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.
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.
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