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Fliers to get more variety to munch on at airport


PUNE: Better facilities are in the offing for Pune airport as new eateries and improved infrastructure will be developed soon.

Sources in the airport said tenders for opening new eateries were in the process of getting floated and they will be finalized soon.

“The airport has seen development in terms of passenger amenities recently. The situation has hugely improved and the AAI(Airports Authority of India) intends to improve the expanding facilities further in terms of infrastructure and flights,” an official said without disclosing any more details on the plan.

Last month an Indian food outlet was opened near the arrival gate of the airport, and is doing brisk business, sources said.

“Before this, the airport had only one restaurant behind the airline counters. With the new outlet, passengers have more than one choice. Though the details cannot be shared now, one can expect beverage outlets like coffee shops or more eateries inside the premises of the terminal building soon,” he addded. “There are snack outlets selling the same inside the terminal building, both in the ground as well as the first floor. However, the aim is to provide passengers with multiple choices,” the official pointed out.

With the first duty-free outlets selling liquor, chocolates, cigarettes and perfumes opened at the arrival and departure areas of the airport earlier this month, a senior official of Plus Max, the Malaysian company that opened it, said they were looking forward to expand their product range.

“A duty free shop is only for international travellers. We have seen the market and believe that Pune airport has the potential of extreme growth. The airport will expand and grow for sure. If we see the demand, we will be adding electronic items in our store in future,” Mandip Singh Minhas, the country head of the company, told TOI.

Going cashless, however, remains a problem.

“There is an outlet inside the terminal building that does not accept any form of cashless payment. The situation is similar at the old restaurant outside the terminal building. The AAI and the other authorities should seriously look into this. If outlets in the airport don’t accept cashless payments, it gives a bad picture,” Niraj Bais, a passenger, told TOI.
Source:  Times of India

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