Since the resumption of domestic flights, Lohegaon airport at Pune has seen increasing growth in passengers.
According to reports, the airport witnessed a footfall of over 17,000 passengers in May.
In the month of September, the total footfall had gone over 1.88 lakh passengers
Kuldeep Singh, Director, Pune Airport said, “Pune airport also welcomed about 118 passengers on an Air India Vande Bharat mission flight from Dubai to Pune while all the COVID-19 standard operating procedures and safety measures were followed,” said Singh.
Dhairyasheel Vandekar, Aviation Expert, said, “Things are opening up and this growth in footfalls is driven by increasing economic activity. Pune is an established industrial hub and a lot of people sustain in the city because of this. As the activities pick up, people have realised that air travel has come up as the safest travel option. There are several reasons for this including strict compliance of social distancing norms and sanitisation process. Some airlines also offer sanitisation pouches with sanitisers and face shields.”
“Also, the travel time on flights is the lowest as compared to road or rail travel. With time people do tend to loosen the safety precautions as time moves on. Also, the more time someone is exposed to an infected person more likely is the person to be infected,” Vandekar added.