Pune International Airport is located in Pune city in the state of Maharashtra. It caters to both domestic and international passenger traffic. It is also known as Lohegaon Airport and is operated by Airport Authority of India. It is also an Air Force Base operated by the Indian Air Force. Photography is strictly restricted on Pune airport, being a defense base.
Location of Pune Airport
Pune International Airport is located at a distance of 10 km from the centre of Pune city. The geographical coordinates of Pune Airport are Longitude 73° 55’ 0” E and Latitude 18° 35’ 0” N and its airport code is PNQ.
Runway length of this airport is 8700 ft. and elevation is 1934 ft. This airport is spread over an area of 14.36 Acres. Other airports near Pune airport are <a href="/node/67056">Mumbai airport</a> (199 km), Aurangabad (240 km) and Kolhapur (260 km).
How to Reach Pune Airport
Regular city buses ply to and from Pune airport. They are a cheap means of travel but take much time. Other convenient options include private cabs and autorickshaws. Cab takes Rs.400-500 for airport pickup and drop. Autorickshaws generally demand half return payment for going to airport, so its better to negotiate the deal.
Travelers should reach the international terminal at least 3 hours before the flight timings and domestic terminal at least 2 hours before flight timings to complete all formalities in time.
Airlines Operating from Pune Airport
Only two international airlines Air India and Lufthansa operate from Pune airport at present. There are Air India flights from Pune to Dubai for three days a week and Lufthansa flights from Pune to Frankfurt, Germany for six days a week.
All major domestic airlines like Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Kingfisher Red, Jet Airways India, Go Air and Air India Express operate from here.
Facilities at Pune Airport
Pune airport is equipped with following facilities for the convenience of domestic and international passengers:
• Wheel Chair for physically challenged
• Post Office
• Snack Bars
• Tourist Information Counter
• Hotel Reservation Counter
• STD/PCO Booth
• VIP Room
• Rest Room
• Medical Assistance
Food and beverages offered at the airport are expensive. For instance you can buy 2 pieces of 1 Pastry for Rs. 100, 1 Bread Pakora for Rs.60, 1 Aloo Parantha for Rs. 100 and 1 Ginger tea for Rs. 50.
Expansion of Pune Airport
Airport Authority of India plans to expand Pune airport to cater to increasing demands of domestic and international traffic. Most of the expansion will be complete by 2009. Pune airport is small and currently hosts only 38 flights daily. Passenger load here is approx. 5,000. Airport recently got an additional departure terminal. New terminal has facilities such as escalators, conveyor belts and centralized air-conditioning. New arrival terminal is also on its way. New terminals will provide 12000 sq m space in addition to the present 6000 sq m. AAI will also add a new car parking to the airport. Aircraft parking space has also been increased to accommodate eight aircrafts. Two new passenger-boarding bridges will also be added.