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A rant about how PATHETIC #Pune airport is.

1. My parents are arriving at Pune later tonight. The only direct connection from Kochi to Pune happens to be at this ungodly hour. Other option was to take a hopping flight via Bengaluru and have them wait at the airport.
2. Since this is an ungodly hour, I will go to airport to pick them (didn’t want to trouble the driver who has his plate full tomorrow). Now Pune airport has 2 parking areas, both OUTSIDE the airport.
Yes, you have to LEAVE the exit gate to go to the Parking. Both require passengers to cross the road.

3. One parking area is a 3-4 min walk from the arrival gate. No problem about that. But the road is in a pathetic condition and dragging a luggage laden trolley is a nightmare
4. Ditto for the second, closer parking.

5. My father is 73 years old and I cannot risk him having a fall on these undulated roads especially when it’s going to be pitch dark at 2:30 AM when they land

Yes. There are NO STREET LIGHTS near both parking areas
6. Why can’t I take a cab you ask? Because both Uber and Ola pick up points are also at the Parking area

7. Now comes the biggest problem. The pick up point for private cars and taxis at the arrival cannot be accessed directly by a passenger and especially with a trolley
So even if I were to plan my arrival at the airport, say 20 minutes after they land, and drive straight into the airport, without parking the car, it will be an uphill task for them to locate me and drag their trolley to the point where I will be waiting for them
8. On top of this, @AAI_Official in its wisdom (probably to curtail traffic snarls inside the pathetic little arrival area) has imposed a fine of ₹300 if you wait at the pick up point for more than 3 minutes. Sometimes it takes 3 minutes for your guest to spot the car itself
How do I know this? Because I’ve paid the fine once when my husband couldn’t locate the car and I’d waited for about 5 minutes for him to reach me
9. The lack of proper flights and that the international airport doesn’t receive flights from more than 2-3 countries is due to the lack of infrastructural support at the current airport that has been renovated a gazillion times and still remains passenger unfriendly
10. Considering that Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra, the lack of political will by subsequent govts to build a proper international airport (this one belongs to the Air Force) is indicative of short sightedness and extreme lethargy
I’d moved to Pune in 2006 and since then I’ve heard of the “new airport” innumerable times.

11. I’d expected @Dev_Fadnavis to do something. But nothing happened.

Will @OfficeofUT do something? God knows.
12. But surely, Pune is deserving of an airport befitting it’s stature. After much dilly dallying, we are finally getting a Metro. Wonder when we’ll get a new airport too.

@muglikar_ @shukla_tarun @punedaily
If my children see these tweets they’ll make fun of me saying “You and your ‘first world’ problems”. But I think in this day and age, it’s a shame that we even have this first world problem
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