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GREENFIELD SINDHUDURG AIRPORT INAUGURATED IN MAHARASHTRA

GREENFIELD SINDHUDURG AIRPORT INAUGURATED IN MAHARASHTRA

Context:

Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, virtually inaugurated the greenfield Sindhudurg airport in Maharashtra recently.

Key Highlights:

  • The airport is inaugurated under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme of the Government of India.
  • The minister also flagged off the 1st flight from the airport, taking off from Sindhudurg to Mumbai.
  • The airline M/S Alliance Air was allocated the Sindhudurg – Mumbai route under the UDAN 3.1. This is the airline's 75th UDAN route in operation. Alliance Air will fly the route with its 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Significance of Sindhudurg Airport:

  • It increases connectivity to Mumbai.
  • The runway is 2500 metres long (8202 feet) and can accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A-320 and Boeing B-737.
  • During peak hours, the airport terminal complex can handle 400 passengers overall.
  • People may now travel with ease from Sindhudurg to Mumbai in an 85-minute flight, whereas previously, people were forced to travel by road or train, a journey of more than 10 hours.

Greenfield Sindhudurg Airport:

  • It is commonly known as Chipi Airport.
  • It is located in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district.
  • The airport covers a total area of 275 hectares.

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