Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The first test flight from Mumbai to Shirdi was a successful one

After months of anticipation, the first flight to Shirdi, as part of the test run, finally landed at the Shirdi airport.
An Alliance Air (subsidiary of Air India) aircraft, departed from Mumbai international terminal on September 26, at 4:15 pm and landed in Shirdi at 5 pm. The flight then took off from Shirdi at 6 pm, to reach Mumbai at 6:35 pm.
Passengers who boarded the flight included State Civil Aviation Secretary Valsa Nair Singh, Mukesh Bhatia, regional director, Air India, managing director of MADC (Maharashtra Airport Development Company), Suresh Kakani, and other officials.
"During the test run, we looked if the pilot was able to spot the runway, if there were any obstructions in the approach path and whether the aircraft was able to receive signals from the Air Traffic Control (ATC)," Kakani was reported as saying by Hindustan Times.
The newly built Shirdi airport will most likely be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1.
The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) is yet to approve the flight schedule. "The flights are scheduled to operate from Shirdi on October 29. We have requested the DGCA to prepone the dates," said Kakani.
27/09/17 Disha Roy Choudhury/IndiaToday

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