Rs150 crore allocated at Shirdi airport to Maha Budget

PUNE Shirdi Airport has received a major boost in the state budget as it has been allocated 150 crores for a separate terminal for cargo and night landing facilities.

“We have been pushing constantly for upgrades to Shirdi Airport as traffic at the airport has increased since it resumed operations from October 10, 2021, after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted,” said a senior Shirdi airport official on request for anonymity.

“The cargo facility will help import agricultural products from nearby places and the night landing will help many devotees to travel at night for Shirdi Sai Baba’s darshan,” the official said.

Shirdi Airport is managed by Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC).

Work on the night landing facility is expected to be completed by the end of April.

“The night landing and runway expansion works are in their final phase and will be inspected by the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGCA) once they are completed in April and if the DGCA approves the works without any changes, they could be operational from May 2022,” the official said.

Shirdi Airport runway is increased from 2,500 meters to 3,200 meters.

After the resumption, the airport offers two flights from Bengaluru and one from Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. From February 18, the Pune-Shirdi-Nagpur flight was also launched.

“Once the night landing begins, more flights will be operational from other cities,” the official added.

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