Reports indicate that Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Civil Aviation Minister, has expressed willingness to consider a proposal from the Maharashtra government regarding a second airport in Pune.
During a recent Lok Sabha session, Scindia affirmed that the Centre would review the proposal if formally submitted. He also highlighted the imminent inauguration of the new terminal at Pune International Airport.
In response to a query from Shiv Sena member Shrirang Appa Barne, Scindia urged engagement with the state government on the matter. He acknowledged that while the state had furnished details regarding the proposed site, there were concerns raised by local farmers regarding land acquisition and construction.
The idea of a second airport for Pune was first mooted in 2002 with Chakan earmarked as the initial location. However, due to opposition from farmers, the plan was later shifted to Purandar. Nonetheless, challenges persisted at the new site, leading to delays in project advancement. The upcoming Integrated Terminal Building at Pune Airport, covering 50,000 sqm and equipped with 10 aerobridges and 72 check-in counters, signifies a significant development for the region.
Scindia also shed light on the national scenario, indicating that flight cancellations accounted for only 0.7% of total air traffic movements across the country.