Thursday, October 10, 2019

Shirdi airport flying high, Pune facility slow in joining big league

Pune: The Shirdi airport crossed the 50,000 passenger mark in July and August this year, becoming the fourth fastest growing airport in the state and the fastest growing state-owned airport in the list of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) officials said that two of its long-awaited projects-- extension of the runway and starting of the night landing facility-- will be completed by December. Officials said that a major increase in new flights was expected once the airport starts operating 24×7.
Records of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) revealed that Shirdi airport recorded one of the highest passenger movements among private and state government-owned airports in the country.
“The runway of the airport has a length of 2,500 metres, which will be increased to 3,200 metres by December. The night landing facility will also start from December, making the facility operational 24x7. Also, the work of expansion of the existing terminal building will be completed within 7 months. The current building size is 2,750 square metres, which will be extended to 5,000 square metres,” an official said.
10/10/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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