Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has restarted its 'airport service' from Lohegaon Airport to Hinjawadi IT Park Phase III, which will ferry passengers to and fro in an air-conditioned (AC) bus. It has arrangements for passengers to keep their luggage.
Fliers can also book their berth in the airport bus using PMPML's eConnect app or the online facility. The fare for the journey from Hinjawadi Phase III to Lohegaon Airport is Rs 180, for a distance of 39.50 km.
"This will make the booking easier and smooth for fliers. It will also save them from paying extra to autorickshaws or a cab," said the PMPML traffic manager.
The PMPML had started the AC bus service on September 1, 2015, for two routes. The contract was given to Geo Direct to operate the bus. The airport bus service is operated on two routes: Airport to Hinjawadi and Airport to Kothrud.
Earlier, the PMPML operated eight airport buses, five from Hinjawadi and three from Kothrud. While it did not get much response on the latter route, the bus running from Hinjawadi, which mainly ferries IT professionals, has more than 70 per cent occupancy. Finally, the PMPML stopped plying the bus from Kothrud because of poor response.
However, the much publicised bus service from Hinjawadi to the airport did not attract passengers because of its high fare.
"The contract for our AC airport and Pune Darshan services has been given to Geo Direct for the past 1.5 years," said an official of PMPML.
The airport bus timings from Hinjawadi Phase III: 5.15 am, 5.45 am, 9 am, 9.45 am, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm. Trip timings from the airport: 7.15 am, 7.45 am, 11.05 am, noon, 3.15 pm, 4.15 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm.