Pune airport to get three new aerobridges soon

Sushant Ranjan
Monday, 6 May 2019

Three new Aerobridges, also known as Passengers Boarding Bridge (PBB) will reduce the hassles faced by passengers while boarding the flight as they do not need to walk up to the aircraft in the harsh sun or when it’s raining.

PUNE: Much to travellers’ relief, Pune airport is set to get three new aerobridges, also known as Passengers Boarding Bridge (PBB). This will reduce the hassles faced by passengers while boarding the flight as they do not need to walk up to the aircraft in the harsh sun or when it’s raining. 

Continuous feedback from passengers prompted the Pune airport authorities to work on this project. Unlike other major airports, Pune airport does not use shuttle buses to ferry passengers from airport building to the aircraft. 

Till now, in spite of soaring temperature or rain, passengers had to walk towards the aircraft for boarding,  without any shade or overhead cover. Pune has two PBBs and after completion of work, all five will be used for boarding and deboarding of passengers.

“The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is constructing three more PBBs. The PBB will be supplied by M/s Adalte and the work of tunnel will be done by BEML under Make in India project,” said  Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar. “The construction work is  underway and it will get over by June 10 after which trials will be carried out. The total cost of construction of Passengers Boarding Bridge is Rs 10 crore,” he said.

The airport received the material of a PBB tunnel at the end of April. 

The fliers at Pune airport welcomed the move and said the aerobridge is required during the summer and the monsoon. 

An IT professional at Hinjawadi, Abhimanyu Mehrotra, said, “I need to travel once every six months to Delhi. I recall last year there was heavy rain in July and I had to go to Delhi for my company assignment. The airline staffers refused to provide umbrellas to passengers and almost 150 passengers were drenched.”

This is a good initiative by Pune airport. They are doing a good job for the past three years. They have taken the big initiative to provide better facilities to passengers.”

Another passenger from Kochi, Sukanya V, said, “This is a welcome move. The airport authority has provided good facilities to passengers and this is one of them.”

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