Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Shirdi airport sees 50k passengers a month

Becomes state’s 4th largest airport in terms of flights and passenger traffic after Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur; night flights by year-end.
 The Shirdi international airport, which completed two years of operations last week, has grown exponentially in passenger traffic and aircraft movement, clicking 50,000 passenger traffic a month. It is all set to continue the growth trajectory after it commences night landings by the end of the year.
 Inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1, 2017, the international airport started with 126 flights a month and movement of 4,908 passengers. In a year’s time, the airport was recording a movement of 270 flights a month, including 216 scheduled and 52 charter flights, and a moderate growth of 15,900 passengers.
 From January 2019, the airport has seen a sharp rise in flight and passenger movement. Flight movements in the range of 520 to 550 flights, and passenger movement consistently in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 passengers per month. In September 2019, the airport handled 528 scheduled flights, 22 charter flights and 49,592 passengers.
The airport currently handles 22 flight movements a day. Shirdi has become the fourth largest airport in the state in terms of flight movements and passenger traffic after Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
 “We have installed all the necessary equipment for night landings, and we will soon apply for the license to operate night flights from Shirdi. We can then operate 24 x 7, and the flight movements and passenger traffic are expected to go up accordingly,” a senior Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) official told Mumbai Mirror.
 09/10/19 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror
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