Pune, 22nd July 2022: Considering growing demand of Pune residents, MP Girish Bapat today (July 22) requested the Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to start more international flights from Pune Airport.
MP Bapat informed that “Pune is considered to be the eighth largest metropolitan economy in India. It has the sixth highest per capita income in the country. Various sectors including information technology, manufacturing and education play an important role in boosting the local economy of Pune city.”
Several international automobile companies such as Bajaj Auto, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen and Force Motors have set up their greenfield facilities near Pune, Maharashtra. The city of Pune is home to many reputed IT companies like Infosys, TCS and Capgemini, IBM, Rockwell Automation, Tech Mahindra etc.
Pune is also described as the “Oxford of the East” due to the presence of many prestigious educational institutions and research centres. The city has become a major educational centre of the country. Therefore, the number of people travelling from Pune to abroad and from abroad to Pune is significant.
“There were more than 4 international flights from Pune before Covid-19. But currently, only one international flight is operating from Pune. As a result, citizens have to travel from Mumbai and Delhi airports, thereby causing huge financial loss and time wastage,” said Bapat.
“Therefore, Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Citizens and various other quarters are constantly requesting me to start international flights from Pune to Singapore, Bangkok, East Asia, Europe and America. Considering all these factors, the Union Civil Aviation Minister requested to start more international flights from Pune,” he added further.