In an order to improve the connectivity across the area and especially for those travelling by air, new airlines might link pune to the small cities in the vicinity and those in the east. Pune has a poor connectivity to tier II and tier III cities, hence small players of aviation groups are trying to grab the opportunity by connecting Pune to these cities.
Kaustav Dhar, Chief Executive Officer, Zoom Air, the newest airline operator in the country, said,
"We shall be connecting Pune with quite a few cities starting July 15. We will connect Pune daily to cities like Jabalpur, Ranchi and Surat. The airline had been instrumental in providing convenient metro connections to tier II and tier III cities at affordable rates."
He further added,
"With Mumbai being out of bounds due to runway congestion, we opted for Pune as it is high on air travel thanks to substantially large business and leisure travellers and students. Zoom Air will also introduce international connecting fares at cheaper rates and connect to Delhi."
Recently GoAir and IndiGo also started direct flights to Kolkata from Pune
Throwing light on the other airports in Maharashtra, sources in Air Deccan said that presently they were preparing to start operations from four state based airports with connectivity to Pune and Mumbai.
Representatives of budget airline TruJet, which has already started flight operations from the Nanded airport under the regional connectivity scheme, said that they were trying to be the first to introduce a flight from the newly constructed Shirdi airport.
An official told TOI, "We are working on it and our aim is to start the first flight from Shirdi when the airport becomes operational. The logistics for the same is being worked out and things will be clear by next month."
Aviation analyst and expert Dhairyashil Vandekar said,
"Being land locked, there was always a demand for air connectivity in the northeastern region. The region has about 23 airports out of which almost 12 are operational.With growing trade and commerce and people from the region moving to other parts of the country, there is a demand for convenient connectivity."
Information source: toi
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