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Sindhudurg Airport is an airport at Chipi-Parule in Sindhudurg district, in the State of Maharashtra, India. It is located 27 kilometres from the Mumbai - Goa highway, 12 kilometres from Malvan close to the sea shore. Construction was completed by the second half of 2018 and a familiarisation flight (Test Flight) from Mumbai Airport landed on 12 September 2018 on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.[1] The airport was formally inaugurated on 5 March 2019. Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary has secured permissions to operate flights from Mumbai. Commercial flights are expected to start soon.[2]

Sindhudurg Airport
Sindhudurg Airport Aerial View.jpg
An aerial view of the construction site in May 2016
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesSindhudurg
LocationSindhudurg District
Elevation AMSL203 ft / 62 m
Coordinates16°00′00″N 73°32′00″E / 16.00000°N 73.53333°E / 16.00000; 73.53333Coordinates: 16°00′00″N 73°32′00″E / 16.00000°N 73.53333°E / 16.00000; 73.53333
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Sindhudurg Airport is located in Maharashtra
Sindhudurg Airport
Sindhudurg Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,500 8,202 Asphalt

HistoryEdit

IRB Infrastructure won the bid to develop the airport in 2009 for a concession period of 95 years.[3] The project received environmental clearance in March 2012.[4] Work on the airport was completed in the second half of 2018.[5] Work on the airport was expected to be completed by August 2014, but had been delayed because of issues in acquiring private land, among others.[6]

StructureEdit

The airport has been built by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd. on a Build–operate–transfer (BOT) basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).[7] The airport was initially planned with a 3170 metre long runway at a cost of Rs. 175 crores.[8] It is spread over 275 hectares and the 2500 metre runway is able to accommodate aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The airport terminal building will has a capacity to handle 200 departing and 200 arriving passengers during peak hours.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Maharashtra's Sindhudurg Airport may begin regular operations soon! First 'test flight' to land on Sep 12". Financial Express. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Successful test flight lands at Sindhudurg Airport". Press Information Bureau. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ "IRB Infra wins Sindhudurg airport bid". MoneyControl. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  4. ^ "IRB Infra's Sindhudurg airport gets environmental clearance". CNBC-TV18. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Sindhudurg airport to be up next year". Daily News & Analysis. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  6. ^ "International flights from Sindhudurg soon". Daily News & Analysis. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Work on Chipi airport takes off". The Times of India. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Development Greenfield Airport in Sindhudurg District". IRB Infra. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.