Aviation

Shirdi to have flights by next month

PUNE: Shirdi airport is expected to open next month, according to sources.

It will be the first airfield developed and managed by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) in Ahmednagar district, officials said, reports The Economic Times.

The airport will be connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, among others.

Devotees of Saibaba can hope to fly to Shirdi from the next month.

With the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) stating last week that since its formation in 2002, MADC had not been able to develop even a single airport in the state, Vishwas M. Patil, the chairman and managing director, MADC, told TOI that the greenfield airport in Shirdi will be the first on their list.

“The airport at Shirdi is almost ready and will be operated by MADC. Flight operations will start from next month. As far as CAG’s observations are concerned, I will not be able to comment,” he said.

According to Patil, MADC will first operate domestic flights from Shirdi. Later, international flights will also be started. “MADC is currently working on the details,” Patil said.

A sum of Rs 340.54 crore had already been sanctioned by the ministry of civil aviation for the airport.

“In the domestic circuit, we expect four to five flights to land and take off from the airport. Some of the routes include Shirdi-Hyderabad, Shirdi-Delhi, Shirdi-Mumbai among others. More routes will be added in the near future,” Patil said.

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