Flyers Irked As New Airport Terminal In Pune Set To Start With Just A Handful Of Food Stalls

Flyers Irked As New Airport Terminal In Pune Set To Start With Just A Handful Of Food Stalls

Flyers Irked As New Airport Terminal In Pune Set To Start With Just A Handful Of Food Stalls

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Passengers criticize Pune airport’s new terminal for lack of food options as operations begin.

Pune: The new terminal building of the Pune airport is finally set to begin operations this weekend after a delay of four months. However, it will initially host just five food stalls, leaving flyers unhappy. 

Passengers have expressed frustration, saying that arrangements for a proper range of food counters should have been made in all this time, especially since at least 20 food and beverage stalls are supposed to come up in the new facility.

Pune airport director Santosh Dhoke told a news agency that initially, four or five food stalls will start when the building opens on Sunday. “The master concessionaire for F&B outlets has been appointed and they are bringing in more counters. Many items will be available for passengers. The stalls are under construction and will be ready in a month,” he said.

A businessman and frequent flyer, Gaurav Sharma said, “We thought this new building was completely ready with all arrangements. These days, the frequency of flight delays has also gone up — flyers are made to wait for hours at the airport. In such a scenario, at least the F&B outlets should have been kept ready. There will be 17 flight movements from the building from Sunday onwards, which means a lot of passengers.”

Another frequent flyer Shantanu Gupta  added, “Four months is enough to get services ready. I am excited about the new building as it looks good, but it should have all the facilities, too. I hope the stalls do not just sell snacks but proper meals as well.”

There are currently six outlets selling snacks at the existing terminal building. This limited range has long irked flyers, who have repeatedly demanded more outlets similar to those in airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Goa.

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