Pune: After starting of cargo facility operations by SpiceJet, Jet Airways is now ready to start this facility from Pune airport to Abu Dhabi. Jet Airways has come forward to get the registration done to start this service.
Customs officials said, “We have received a letter from Jet Airways to start the cargo facility from Pune airport and we have given our approval.’’
“We have sent a request to Customs officials as well as the Airport Authority to start cargo operation from Pune airport to Abu Dhabi. We got confirmation from the official and we will soon start the facility,” said Jet Airways official from Pune airport on the condition of anonymity.
The facility was inaugurated on July 12 by Member of Parliament and Pune Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Anil Shirole. Almost a fortnight after it started, the Customs authorities, who are managing and handling the facility, had said that the response had not been as expected and only a few airlines had come forward to get a registration. It has been said by the airport authorities that cargo volume may be 40,600 tonnes per annum. International service
At present, four international flights operate from Pune airport. They include two to Dubai (Air India and SpiceJet), one to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways) and one to Frankfurt (Lufthansa).
“Pune airport is yet to see an increase in the number of international flights which may be one of the reasons behind people taking careful steps before using the service. A direct international flight is always a safer option considering the sudden flight delays, snags dealing with long delays considering the fact that many items sent are perishable goods. However, with things moving now, we expect the figures to go up and the service to start smooth functioning,” an airport official pointed out.