Sunday, January 03, 2021

Chipi airport starts operations this month

The newly built airport at Chipi will get operational later this month, possibly on the Republic Day.

The airport will give a fillip to tourism in the coastal district of Sindhudurg, which Maharashtra wants to develop as an alternative destination to Goa. At present, most tourists travel to Sindhudurg and nearby places by road or through Konkan Railway.

The airport is being developed by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which had awarded a contract to IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited for building and operating the airport.

Then IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt Ltd, an SPV (special purpose vehicle), was formed and entrusted with the task of project development and operations.

A ten-seater Falcon 2000 aircraft had conducted a trial run in September 2018 at the airport. The then Civil Aviation Minister Sunil Prabhu, who comes from Sindhudurg district, wanted the airport to start operations at the earliest, many formalities had to be completed.

The runway is 2,500 metres long, which can be extended up to 3,400 metres.

Facilities for air travel are a must to attract quality tourists in large numbers from all over the world.

03/01/21 Yogesh Naik/Mumbai Mirror

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