Pune Airport Prepares For Runway Expansion

Pune Airport Prepares For Runway Expansion

Pune Airport Prepares For Runway Expansion

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Officials have announced that the Obstacles Limitation Surface (OLS) survey for Pune airport will commence from Monday, July 8. A team from Delhi, under the Airport Authority of India (AAI), will conduct this crucial survey, anticipated to span at least ten days. The survey findings will be submitted to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for approval, paving the way for the runway extension project.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has already greenlit the runway extension, which involves adding approximately 800 meters. Currently, the runway stands at 2,535 meters in length and 45 meters in width. The expansion aims to bring the total length to around 10,940 feet, or potentially 11,000 feet, enabling larger aircraft to operate from Pune airport.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Muralidhar Mohol, supported by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has expedited the necessary approvals. Divisional commissioner Chandrakant Pulkundwar will oversee coordination efforts on behalf of the government.

The extension project estimates an expenditure of about ₹160 crores for land acquisition, ensuring adequate space on both the east and west sides of the runway. Post-extension, a thorough inspection of nearby buildings and trees will assess any potential hindrances to aircraft operations.

Once safety assessments confirm unimpeded take-offs and landings, final approval for the runway extension will be granted. This development promises to enhance Pune airport’s capabilities, facilitating smoother air travel and accommodating larger flights in the future.