Aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted aerodrome licence to the Shirdi airport in Maharashtra, for public use for day operations. The licence was given after a team from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out the final inspection of the new airport recently.
Developed by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company in the Rahata tehsil of Ahmednagar district, at an investment of around Rs 350 crore including Rs 50 crore from the Shree Saibaba Sasthan Trust, the airport is capable of handling single narrow-body aircraft such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s with a 2,500-meter long runway.
Situated at 238 kms from the country’s financial hub Mumbai, Shirdi has the famous shrine of “Sai Baba” and is one of the prominent pilgrimage centres in the country. According to an estimate, about 60,000 pilgrims visit Shirdi every day, out of which the airport authorities plan to tap at least 10-12 percent.