Monday, September 11, 2017

Shirdi airport set for take-off on October 1, three airlines to begin ops

Pune: The Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) expects the Shirdi airport to open its doors to flyers from October 1.
MADC vice chairman-cum-managing director Suresh Kakani told TOI that the airport is now ready, and that flight operations will start from October 1. "All the points raised during the DGCA inspection have been fulfilled," Kakani said, "Now, it is just about the start of flight operations. We will get the DGCA licence by next week in all likelihood. However the operation at the airport is set to commence from October 1," the senior bureaucrat said.
For the moment, officials said, three airlines — Zoom Air, Air India and TruJet — will begin operations. He said no other airlines showed a tangible interest so far. "However, with the airport becoming operational, we expect other airlines to soon step up. The state government wants the airport to become functional in time for the Shirdi Sai Baba's centenary celebrations, among other reasons," an official said.
11/09/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India