The new terminal at Pune Airport is set to launch in phases, commencing on July 14 with the relocation of operations for Air India and Air India Express, starting with Air India’s Pune to Delhi flight AI – 858, according to Pune Airport Director Santosh Dhoke. This move is part of a gradual transition plan, aiming for all eight airlines currently operating at Pune Airport to shift to the new terminal by August 5.

Designed to cater to increasing passenger demands, the new terminal boasts a spacious built-up area of 52,000 square meters, significantly larger than the existing 22,000 square meters, and is equipped to handle up to 9 million passengers annually, compared to the current capacity of 7 million. State-of-the-art features include ten passenger boarding bridges, facilitating seamless boarding and disembarkation, along with 34 check-in counters and 25 self-check-in counters to streamline the check-in process for travelers.

Reflecting Pune’s cultural heritage, the terminal incorporates elements such as a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, displays of local art, and areas showcasing Palkhi traditions. It also prioritizes passenger comfort with amenities like baby care rooms, child play areas, and ample open seating arrangements. Dining and shopping options are plentiful with around 15-20 shops offering various food and beverage choices.

To ensure efficient passenger transit between the old and new terminals, the airport will deploy two electric buses and six baggage trailers. Additionally, the new terminal features 10 aerobridges, including connections to the existing terminal, and five baggage carousels dedicated to arrivals, including two specifically for international passengers.

With these enhancements, Pune Airport aims to provide a modern, convenient, and culturally enriched travel experience for passengers, meeting the evolving needs of air travel in the region.