Reconsider Pune Airport Shutdown Plan During Festival Season: Passengers, Airlines To Government

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 6th October 2021: The sudden announcement by the Pune International Airport to shut down the flight operations for 14 days has come as a major jolt to people’s travel plans amid the festival season.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) which owns the runway will undertake its re-carpeting work, hence the Pune airport will be closed from October 16 to 29. 

“This is to inform all passengers that as per information received from Indian Air Force (IAF), due to runway resurfacing works, all flights from Pune Airport will not operate for 14 days from 16 October 2021 to 29 October 2021”, Pune airport tweeted yesterday.

Speaking to, many airlines officials said that they are requesting the central government to intervene and postpone the re-carpeting work.

People have slammed the move as only 10 days notice was given to them. Many passengers have already booked their tickets. 

Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) chairman Sudhir Mehta said, “The closure of the Pune airport by the airforce for 15 days with just 10 days notice could have been avoided, especially when so many vaccines are being transported. While the city shares the airport with the airforce, it’s ultimately a national asset.”

Technology entrepreneur Amit Paranjape tweeted, “Can’t think of any 7+ million city in the world…a city that is a top global mfg and IT destination…a city with tens of billions of dollars of export…a city that is top global vaccine producer – HAVING no proper civilian airport.”

Senior journalist Tania Roy tweeted, “Earlier there was news that #Puneairport would be shut for resurfacing work. The dates weren’t specified. Now when people have bought tickets suddenly they have announced airport will be shut in next 10 days from Oct 16-29. Couldn’t it better planned?

Now that #Pune airport will be shut Oct 16-29 the next closest is #Mumbai Senior citizens who had booked tickets to Pune will now have to go to Mumbai and travel to Pune by road. Pune airport could have partial shutdown or announced the dates well in advance to avoid harassment.”