hohd wrote:I hope NMIA starts operating soon. Once the virus dies down, the demand for BOM will again pick up and airlines will again have trouble expanding. NMIA may be closer, and probably may be quicker to reach from Pune if the new connector is built. However according to most sources, the existing airport will continue to have most international flights, so Pune residents will still have to go to the existing BOM airport for international connections.
While the new airport is built, one question I ask of Pune travelers, there are several domestic flights to DEL and BLR, why not connect through these cities for travel to Europe or North America or Far East (Japan etc) instead of going to BOM. Is it less expensive or more convenient ? A one stop option via DEL, especially from the same terminal at DEL cannot be too onerous to travel.
I think it's mix of many things, one thing is mumbai is closer and also doesn't have pollution label that Delhi has . For that alone reason I try not to use Delhi as and when and use Mumbai as much as possible. I am also hoping that the Delhi public mover becomes a reality soon otherwise figuring out to travel from Metro to the Airport currently is a pain. I have seen staff at Mumbai metro far more helpful than at Delhi either that's due to culture or whatever but does put people off. If the people mover/air train does become a reality it would help lot of people within Delhi as well as people like me.
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On a side-note it would also help if lot of doubling of railways is done from Delhi towards Uttarakhand, Himachal etc. there is lot of scope of tourism still provided infrastructure is there. Currently that hampers lot of tourism both from within India as well as outside India. If fares from Pune to Delhi are cheap enough and there is good connectivity from Delhi to touristy places, I could see lot of things happening. But this would require both the civil aviation ministry, the railway ministry as well as the hospitality industry to be on the same page which they haven't been for a long time.
I do know that Railway ministry has been spending lot of its funds for doubling of routes from U.P. to North India but don't see that achieving a lot, what they should have used funds for the quadilateral project among others but that's probably for another forum altogether