Air India to Start Direct Flight Between Pune and Mumbai


After years of demand from travellers, Air India has announced that it will commence a direct flight between Pune and Mumbai from March 26, 2023. The new route will reduce the usual travelling time between the two cities from three hours to just one hour.

The First Direct Flight between Pune and Mumbai

Surprisingly, despite being two of Maharashtra’s most important cities, there was no direct flight between Pune and Mumbai until now. Air India is the first airline to offer a direct flight between these two thriving metropolises.

While there were a few connecting flights between the two cities, they took more than four hours to arrive, prompting travellers to prefer road or rail travel.

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Air India Flight Schedule and Fares

According to the airline’s website, the Airbus A319 will travel on the resurrected 9W route during the trip.

The flights will operate according to the present timetable of six days a week, except on Saturdays. The aircraft will depart from Pune airport at 11:20 am and arrive in Mumbai at 12:20 am. The bookings for the same have already started.

Flight No.DepartureDep. TimeArrivalArr. TimeFrequency
AI 613Mumbai09:45Pune10:45Daily Except Sat
AI 614Pune11:20Mumbai12:20Daily Except Sat

The economy fare for the flight is ₹2,237, while the business class fare is ₹18,467.

Respite for Frequent Travellers

A direct flight between Pune and Mumbai will provide much-needed relief to Pune residents who frequently travel to the capital city for work or other reasons.


Despite its popularity, Pune had been denied a direct flight to Mumbai for many years. Air India’s announcement has finally met this long-standing demand.

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Manish Khandelwal
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