Pune: The design of the new terminal building of Pune airport at Lohegaon has been approved by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The tender will be floated in March and construction will start in April, said Guruprasasd Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI on Friday.
Mohapatra was in Pune for a regional review meeting with Western Region airport directors. KL Sharma, Executive Director, Western Region Headquarters, Mumbai; Ajay Kumar, Director Pune airport; Manoj Kumar Gangal, Director, Ahmedabad airport and 28 airport directors were present for the meeting.
Agis India, a France-based company, had done a topography survey of the site. The report was submitted in November to AAI. “The design of a new terminal building has been approved. We will float a tender in March and the construction will start in April,” Mohapatra told Sakal Times.
“The building will be completed within two years. The operation of the building will start in December 2020. It will be connected with the existing terminal building,” he added.
“We received lots of designs, but the one selected has more space and a beautiful terminal building. It has high-tech infrastructure and will be built over 35,000 square metres,” said Mohapatra.
The new terminal will cater to 5,000 passengers during peak hours.
Dhairyashil Vandekar, aviation expert and analyst said, “While the terminal expansion should have happened a few years ago, the announcement that the expanded terminal construction work will commence in April and that the work will be over in two years sounds too good. However, it can be achieved if AAI expedites this activity using modern civil engineering techniques and ensures that the work is not dragged beyond schedule for whatever reasons.”
“It is hoped that at the new terminal AAI comes up has modern systems and flow management processes to reduce procedures time for passengers. The passenger experience can be improved by having popular F&B, retail, dining, duty-free and other entertainment areas within the airport area.
“This will not only improve the popular rating of Pune airport, but also help in increasing AAI’s non-aeronautical revenue, with which some of the airport charges and fees can be reduced making the airport less costly for airlines and passengers,” he said.