Pune: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has finalised French company ‘Egis Consulting Engineers’ to build the new terminal building at Lohegaon airport. The company will design and build the new building by 2020.
Ajay Kumar, Director, Airport, told Sakal Times, “AAI has finalises a consultant for new terminal building recently. The French company will develop the new building which will be equipped with high-tech infrastructure and be built in 35,000 square metres.”
In the past one-and-a-half years, there has been a 45 per cent increase in civil operations at Pune airport, as 79 scheduled flights operate from the airfield and the annual passenger count has crossed around 80 lakh.
“This growth is exponential and hence, the numbers of scheduled flights, too, have been increased this year. Last year, on an average, 138 flights operated daily and this year, the frequency has gone up to 158. This, in turn, is paying dividends for the airlines as they are getting more passengers,” Kumar said.
On May 15, 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allotted 16 acres of land under the Air Force to Pune airport on a 30-year lease. The total cost of the land has been valued at Rs 121.15 crore. The normal rent of the land will be 2.5 per cent and it will be doubled for commercial purpose.
According to AAI norms, any domestic airport requires a minimum of 90 acres of land to operate smoothly. However, Pune airport is spread only over 26 acres, far below the minimum requirement. On the other hand, there has been a threefold increase in the number of commuters in the last two years, from 350 per hour to 1,500.