PUNE: No new international flights are said to be operating from the city’s airport at the moment despite regular international flights which are expected to depart from India after two years from March 28 as per the summer schedule.
Authorities, however, expect new overseas connections from the facility within months. An Indian import authority (AAI), Pune, said there was a strong possibility that new international flights would start operating from the city in the latter part of the summer timetable, in effect until October. . “We have been in contact with airlines such as SpiceJet and Vistara, asking them to launch new flights to destinations such as Dubai, Bangkok and the Maldives. Airlines may consider these routes as the total flight time does not exceed five hours. We hope some of these routes will start soon,” said Sudhir Mehta, Chairman of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture.
Currently, SpiceJet is operating a flight to Sharjah under the Airline Bubble Agreement.
“The decision on the connection to Sharjah will be taken at headquarters level,” an airline official said.
According to sources, the flight to Sharjah — a special service — may be stopped. Travel portals indicate that the flight from Pune to Dubai can be booked after March 28. But the direct flight to Sharjah and the Air India Express service are not visible at the moment.