Friday, March 22, 2019

MADC to start expansion work of Shirdi airport

Pune: The Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) has embarked on an immediate expansion of the Shirdi Airport’s terminal building, prompted by the rise in passenger traffic.
 “Two more flights were added to the airport earlier this week, taking the total flight movements to 24. The daily passenger traffic at the airport is more than 2,000. This kind of growth is posing multiple challenges to us,” C S Gupta, executive director (technical), MADC, told TOI. The Shirdi airport was inaugurated by the President on October 1, 2017.
 “The two new flights are being operated by SpiceJet on the Shirdi-Delhi sector using Boeing 737-800, which can accommodate close to 190 passengers. In addition, we already have a Chennai-Shirdi service daily with the same type of aircraft being used for it,” the official pointed out. He said the rise in passenger traffic has prompted them to expand the current terminal building.
“After the two Delhi-Shirdi flights were started, we are seeing an excess of 400 passengers with the flights running full. The last time we calculated the passenger traffic at Shirdi in February, it was around 1500. So, we have decided to immediately take up the expansion of the terminal building, else things can become difficult to manage,” Gupta told TOI.
 22/03/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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