Maharashtra: Suresh Prabhu to inaugurate Chipi Airport on March 5 

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2019 15:52 hrs
Chipi Airport (AP Photo)

Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate newly-constructed terminal building and associated works of Chipi Airport, Sindhudurg along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on March 5.

The new civil airports at Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in the Konkan region and other airports infrastructure projects in Maharashtra is likely to boost and tourism in the state.

Prabhu has sanctioned more than Rs 1200 crore for the airport infrastructure projects in Maharashtra. 

The routes connecting Sindhudurg to Pune, Mumbai and Nasik have already been approved UDAN 3.1 and bids have been called from the airlines. The flight operations from the airport (under UDAN scheme) will commence very soon.

The Chipi Airport is built at the cost of about Rs. 520 crore. The newly constructed terminal building has a capacity to handle 400 passengers per hour and with an annual passenger capacity of about 10 lakh. 

An MoU will be signed by Airport Authority of India and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in the presence of the Civil Aviation Minister on March 5.

Ratnagiri airport will be used as a defence airport and is all set to start civil air operations soon.

In addition to these projects, Greenfield Airports in places like Purandar, Navi Mumbai, and Boramani in Maharashtra have also been approved.

The Konkan region is blessed with rich natural beauty, ancient temple and historical forts. With the airport coming up in the region, air connectivity to areas of North Karnataka, western Maharashtra and parts of Goa will improve. It will also boost tourism and economic development of the region.