Pune airport in process to acquire land for expansion

Sushant Ranjan
Monday, 6 January 2020

“AAI is in process of acquiring 34 acres of land from private landowners. As soon as the process is complete, we will set up a cargo hub at the airport,” said Pune airport Director Ajay Kumar.

PUNE: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is in the process of acquiring private land to develop a cargo hub, awaited since 2012.

The authority is scouring for 34 acres of land for the expansion of the airport. 

Earlier, SpiceJet used the international cargo export facility. The now grounded Jet Airways also used the facility to dispatch parcel/cargo to Abu Dhabi and Singapore. With the efforts and persuasion of AAI, Air India also started using the facility for exporting goods to Dubai. 

“AAI is in process of acquiring 34 acres of land from private landowners. As soon as the process is complete, we will set up a cargo hub at the airport,” said Pune airport Director Ajay Kumar.

Pune has always been a cargo hub for western Maharashtra. Majority of the cargo originating from the region is being transported by rail and road, while international cargo moves by the sea route from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust or by air from Mumbai.

“The encouraging policies adopted by AAI to promote the industry and facilitate it by developing and creating required infrastructure has greatly supported the growth,” said aviation expert and analyst Dhairyashil Vandekar.

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