Yes, you heard it right. You will be flying to Shirdi from July onwards. If you are also one of those whose parents have been insisting to visit Shirdi, things are going to be a lot easier for you.
Shirdi is one of the holiest towns of Maharashtra that receives a huge number of devotees every year. To give a boost in footfalls at this religious place, government of India is all set to launch an airport here. If everything goes by the plan, Shirdi will have an operational airport in the month of July 2017.
The airport will reduce the travel time to Shirdi from Mumbai. The distance between both the destinations is 238 km, which is covered by the road in 5 hours but it will be now covered in just 40 minutes by flights. This airport project has partially been funded by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, as per a report released by The Indian Express.
Airport officials have told that different airlines, including Alliance Air, Trujet and Indigo have already visited the airport site. Suresh Kakani, vice-chairman and MD of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) said, “We expect four flights a day in the beginning. Aircraft ranging from ATRs to an Airbus 320 could land here”. MADC will own and operate the airport.
“Based on a study, we expect passenger traffic of 700-800 daily. In addition to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad will be among the first cities connected,” said C S Gupta, general manager of MADC.
The budget of the construction of this airport is about Rs 340 crore, which is supposed to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the end of July 2017.