The windshield of a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight broke, leaving the fliers stranded at the Pune airport for six hours.
According to air travellers, the flight was scheduled to depart for Delhi at 7.20 am. However it was rescheduled at 8am and later to 12.30pm.
When the fliers asked the cabin crew why it was taking time for the flight to take off even after the rescheduled time, SpiceJet officials said it will depart by around 3.30 pm.
According to SpiceJet, the windshield of the plane was broken and the maintenance was underway.
Currently, flights from Lohegao airport are delayed because of lack of enough space for parking, said Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat.
Meanwhile, the defence ministry has agreed in principle to hand over 18 acres of its land for extension and development of Pune’s Lohegao airport. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given his consent at a meeting held in Delhi. The ministry has already handed over it’s 16 acres land for the purpose.
Bapat, who was present at the meeting, told HT that state government has agreed to hand over equal holding of land to the Defence Ministry near Pune. Land from the ministry will be mainly used for runway, parking and approach roads to the airport, Bapat said.
Besides Parrikar, the meeting was attended by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Kade kar and Lok Sabha member Anil Shirole.