On the outskirts of Pune lies a tiny little airport which goes by the code of PNQ. Almost miniature in its size, when compared to other airports in India- Pune Airport reflects the Puneites in every way. However, don’t be fooled by the size of Pune Airport. It has good connectivity to every major city in India. Be it full fare airlines like Air India or low fare service like Go Air, Pune Airport offers direct flights to cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai etc every day.
A little beyond an area aptly called “Viman Nagar” lies the two- level Pune International Airport. This airport lies very close to the Lohegaon Base of the Indian Air Force. The Domestic and International functions are carried out at the same airport. It has 2 international destinations- Dubai and Frankfurt.
Once you enter the airport, there a variety of local coffee shops and chai – samosa stalls to choose from. The boarding gates, flights and passengers are lesser in number. This effectively makes your travel quicker and more hassle free than other airports. Pune International airport sports a handicrafts and souvenirs shop, but no real Duty Free as such. You would slip right through the security check to the boarding gate- and after a 5 minute walk you’ll reach your plane.
Right outside the airport is a cafeteria, which makes the meanest anda burji in Pune. Previously, this cafeteria would be one of the only places in city to be open during all hours of the day and provide a wide selection of food- from Chinese to dosas. However, due to security reasons this cafeteria has recently been cordoned off from the general public.
A variety of residential options are available very close to the airport. With some of the best 5 Star Hotels of the city within 10 minutes of the airport, you will be spoilt for choice. The two best malls of the city- Phoenix Marketcity and Inorbit are also reachable from the airport in 10 minutes- giving you many options for food, shopping and entertainment.
For those coming from out of town, the autowalas outside Pune International Airport can be compared with a group of dacoits who are after your money. There is no sane way to argue with them, and outside the airport there is nothing else you could possibly opt for. Hence the best option is to book Ola or Uber or radio cabs, so you can get a ride in the comfort of a car with a fair price. When you are in Pune, don’t forget to visit the famous Osho Ashram.