Sunday, September 05, 2021

Chipi Airport to put coastal Konkan on national air-map on Oct 7

Mumbai: Come October 7, new Chipi Airport in Sindhudurg district of coastal Konkan region will go on the country’s air-map. Chipi airport will be the 14th airport in Maharashtra.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will formally throw open the Chipi airport for air traffic on Tuesday.  Initially, intra-state flights will be operated from this airport. Later on, the Chipi airport will offer inter-state connectivity to Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and a couple of other states.

After meeting the chief minister, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut made a formal announcement about the inauguration of Chipi Airport on social media. 

Constructed at a cost of Rs 520 crore under Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) model, the Chipi Airport – first-ever airport constructed in the coastal Konkan region –will initially offer flights to Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur.

Incidentally, Sindhudurg where Chipi airport is located is the home district of BJP leader and current Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

More than two years ago, the then Chief Minister Devendra and the former Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu had inaugurated the new terminal building and other facilities at the Greenfield Airport as flights under the UDAN scheme were expected to be launched from there. However, the launch of air traffic from the Chipi Airport was delayed afterwards.

05/09/21 Pioneer

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