The Pune airport will close all flight services for two weeks beginning from April 26 to May 9, 2021, because of the runway recarpeting works in progress currently.
Based on the TOI report, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has informed the airport authorities that the Pune Airport will remain closed for the aforementioned period. Apparently, this would affect air passengers who were scheduled to fly during this period and the airlines as well.
The task of runway resurfacing of the Pune airport had begun from October 26, 2020, which allowed the runaway traffic movement for 12 hours between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. While the airport officials had decreed that the Pune airport will stay functional for 12 hours only till October 2021, the runway taken care of by the Indian Air Force will shut down fully for all flight movements for 14 days between April and May 2021.
Earlier, the Pune Airport, having only a single runaway with an area of 2530 m, saw about 170 flight movements every day on an average. The Pune airport caters to both domestic and international flights, more so, to West Asia. It has to turn out to be a compulsion to expand the runaway and construct a new terminal to accommodate the rising number of flights.