Lohegaon Airport PNQ
The airport for the city of Pune is given the official name of Lohegaon. The Airport’s IATA code is PNQ. It is popularly known as the Pune International Airport. It shares the runway with the Air Force of India. The runway of the airport has a length of 8700 ft and an elevation of 1934 ft.
The Airport serves to connect Pune, the eighth largest city in India, with many international and domestic destinations. The Lohegaon PNQ is a large airport and serves for flights in 4 continents, 24 countries, and 53 destinations all around the world. Other than International flights, the airport also deals with domestic flights to twenty different cities.
The major domestic flights from the airport include those to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, along with many other cities. Millions of passengers travel from the Pune airport every year, most of them being business travellers.
Flights of 7 airlines fly from this airport. These include Air India, being the biggest one, Go Air, SpiceJet, Jet Airways India, Air India Express, Kingfisher Red, and IndiGo. Some of the International destinations served by the airport include the US, UK, UAE, Bahrain, Austria, Qatar, China, Bangladesh, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Kenya, Singapore, Nepal, Tanzania, Switzerland, and Thailand.
The airport underwent renovations to the terminal and runway in order to increase the handling capacity for baggage and passengers. Millions of passengers fly from the airport on an annual basis. On a daily basis, the airport handles about 4,900 passengers, and around 37 flights leave for different destinations from the airport.
With the airport getting busier, staff augmentation has been taking place, which has resulted in improved efficiency in civil works and operations as well as management and supervision.
The transport facilities to and from the Lohegaon PNQ are excellent. Pre-paid taxicab service is available to and from the airport. In addition, pre-paid auto rickshaws and coach service are also available. The coach travels to all the important locations in the Pune city.
Other than the transport services, car rental services are also offered for the passengers. Many car rental companies operate near the counter desk. The airport will soon be starting its own car rental service for further convenience of the passengers.
There are some excellent hotels and accommodation facilities available near the airport. The most popular of these include Hotel Fortune Inn Jukaso, Hotel Cypress, The O, Radisson Hotel Pune Kharadi, and Hotel Parc Estique among many others.
The facilities and amenities available at the Lohegaon are of high quality. Flemingo Duty Free Shops were also opened at the airport after it gained the status of international airport. After this, bids have also been being received by the administration for opening an international food chain. There is one food chain already operating at the airport and another one is to be opened soon.
The airport administration is also planning to develop hangers for private charter planes. Currently, there are twelve operators of charter planes. The major ones from these include Bajaj, Bharat Forge, Kirloskars, and Eon Aviation.