Wednesday, June 07, 2017

First flight to land at Shirdi airport in July

After a delay of almost two years, the Shirdi airport, built by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), will be ready for operations by the first week of July.

“We have received all clearances and now Air India is planning a flight from Mumbai and northern India, Trujet is planning flights from south India. Indigo is expected to start flights later. We will also have facilities for night operations from September. We should be able to start operations by June end or the first week of July,” said Suresh Kakani, managing director, MADC.

The airport is the first greenfield airport constructed by the state government, Kakani explained. This means that the airport has been built on land which has never been used before for any commercial or industrial purpose.

The airport is a part of the project to commemorate the 100th death anniversary of Saint Sai Baba – one of India’s most secular spiritual masters – in October 2018. It will be expecting thousands of fliers from Hyderabad and Delhi. The operations are now awaiting a sanction from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
07/06/17 Yogesh Naik/Mumbai Mirror