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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Shirdi airport

Shirdi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the newly-built airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.

Airport officials said the president’s aircraft touched down from New Delhi at the Shirdi airport at 10.30am. Kovind dedicated the Shirdi airport to the people.

Commercial flight operations are scheduled to commence later on Sunday with a flight to Mumbai being operated by Alliance Air, the officials further said. The airport secured the aerodrome licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for commercial operations last month.

Located at 238 km from Mumbai, the country’s financial hub, 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 everyday, out of which the airport authorities plan to tap at least 10-12%. This is the centenary year of the death of Sai Baba.

The aerodrome is owned and developed by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop airports in the state. The trials of flights from the airport had been conducted recently.

Constructed at an investment of around Rs350 crore, including Rs50 crore from the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, the airport, with a 2,500 m-long runway, is capable of handling single narrow-body aircraft, such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s.

The 2,750 sqm terminal building has been designed to handle a total of 300 passengers, including the arriving ones. Once the new airport operations start, the travel time to Shirdi from Mumbai is expected to reduce to 40 minutes as against five hours by road at present.
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Maharashtra: Shirdi airport to receive CISF protection soon

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has written to Ministry of Home Affairs to take charge of the security of the newly-built airport in Shirdi, located in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.

The airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 2 this year. The airport is currently manned by the Maharashtra Police.

The force recently carried out a survey of the newly-built Shirdi airport with them proposing to deploy around 100 CISF personnel led by commandant rank officer.
The airport currently has only two flights operational from the airport. But coming January 1, the airport is likely to expand its operations inducting eight more flights.
Shirdi airport to get baggage handling system in three months

In order to cater to more passengers at Shirdi airport, airport operator Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) will be setting up a baggage handling system and it's accessories in the coming there months. MADC has invited tenders for the same, and is to conduct a pre bid meeting on November 27. Sources said that the airport is being prepared to handle passengers with check-in baggage, as they will have added flight operations from January.
Travel time to Shirdi reduced, many prefer air route now

More than a month after its inauguration, flights from Mumbai to Shirdi show more than 80 per cent occupancy during weekends, according to senior officials from the Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC), which manages the airport. The one-hour route which connects Hyderabad to the pilgrim town is also drawing immense crowd.
The airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1 this year. The airport is connected to Mumbai and Hyderabad by Alliance Air airline, a subsidiary of Air India. The ATR 72 connects the two cities on all days. “Flights from Mumbai to Shirdi see more than 80 per cent occupancy during the weekends. Tourists, who come to pay visit to the Shirdi Sai Baba temple halt for a day or two and tend to take a return flight the next day. The occupancy has even reached 85-90 per cent on most days during weekends,” says C S Gupta, General Manager, MADC.
The officials said the Hyderabad-Shirdi flights too were recording as much as 80 per cent occupancy on all days. “Travellers from Hyderabad would otherwise have to take a bus or use the rail route to travel till Aurangabad station to commute till Shirdi. With air travel cutting down the time taken to reach Shirdi to only one hour, the route sees major traffic,” Gupta added.
The MADC now intends to promote the route to other airlines, which can encourage more traffic to the airport. “The demand for the sector must be conveyed to the airlines. For example, visitors coming from Mumbai to Shirdi ask for at least two flight connections for both ways in a day as opposed to a single flight. There is an equal demand to connect Shirdi to the rest of the country. We wish other airlines would tap these routes,” said Suresh Kakani, Managing Director and Vice-Chairman, MADC.
Travellers have expressed happiness over the air route reducing the total time taken for the commute. “Travelling to Shirdi by road would take up your entire day which would be strenuous. We are happy the air route has reduced the overall time taken. Frequency of the flights to Shirdi could be increased,” said Jayesh Kumar from Mumbai, who had flown to Shirdi last week.
The officials are now planning an extension of the runway to enable airlines to park wide-body aircraft at the airport. Night landing at the airport, which could allow flight operations after 6 pm, is expected by the end of January. “Almost 45 per cent of devotees visiting the temple are from Andhra Pradesh. While flyers from Hyderabad have expressed joy over the route, there is also a demand to connect Chennai and Bangalore to Shirdi,” added Rubal Agarwal, CEO, Shirdi Sansthan.
Alliance Air plane with 70 passengers on board overshoots runway during landing at Shirdi airport, no injuries reported

The ATR aircraft overshot the runway by 50 meter during landing.There were 70 passengers in the plane and all of them were safe, reports said. Alliance Air is the regional arm of the national carrier Air India.

Reported by: India TV News Desk

Passengers travelling in an Alliance A‏ir flight from Mumbai to Shirdi had some anxious moments on Monday afternoon as the aircraft they were travelling in overshot the runway while landing at Shirdi airport. There were 70 passengers in the plane and all of them were safe, reports said.

The ATR aircraft overshot the runway by 50 meter during landing, news agency ANI said. Emergency services were pressed into service immediately after the incident and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft safely. Alliance Air is the regional arm of the national carrier Air India.

"At round 5.29pm, the Alliance Air flight arriving from Mumbai overshot the runway by 50 meters during landing at the Shirdi airport," the official said. There were 70 passengers on board the ATR aircraft,"he said adding, "airline will probe the causes of the incident."

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will also investigate the incident of the aircraft overshooting the runway separately, he added.

Constructed at an investment of around Rs 350 crore, Shirdi airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1 last year.

With a 2,500 meter-long runway, the temple-town airport is capable of handling single narrow-body aircraft, such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s.


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When will Shirdi - Bhopal start ? Hearing since long time from various sources
More flights from Shirdi airport soon; Jet Airways, SpiceJet services likely

At least six more flights, connecting the Shirdi airport to tier-I cities, are planned by the yearend, according to the Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC), which operates the airport. Jet Airways and SpiceJet are expected to operate flights from the airport.

At present, Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, operates two Hyderabad-Shirdi-Mumbai flights. According to MADC, the airline plans to increase the frequency of flights to three from August 11.

“Alliance Air will be adding to the frequency of flights… From August 11, three flights will operate out of Shirdi airport,” said Suresh Kakani, MADC Managing Director and Vice Chairman.

Inaugurated on October 1, the Hyderabad-Shirdi route is popular and sees close to 80 per cent occupancy on all days. The route has allowed tourists, who would otherwise come by road or rail to the pilgrim town, to switch to air travel.

A senior MADC official said SpiceJet plans to connect Bengaluru and Mumbai with Shirdi while Jet Airways would introduce flights between Delhi and Shirdi.

“While SpiceJet conducted their checks at the airport this week, Jet Airways has also expressed interest to start flights from the airport. Even low-cost airline TruJet plans to connect Shirdi with Hyderabad,” Kakani added. Officials said they also plan to install night landing facilities at the Shirdi airport soon. This will allow flights to operate from the airport even after 6 pm.

“We have also made fuel arrangements at the airport from August 7. Unlike before, where they would require to fly to Mumbai or Pune for fueling jet tanks, suitable arrangements have been made at the Shirdi airport. We also introduced baggage handling at the airport two weeks back,” Kakani said.

MADC plans to extend the length of the runway from 2,500 meters to 3,200 meters to enable widebody aircraft to operate out of the airport.
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New flights to Delhi, Bangalore, Indore, Chennai by Oct

Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has decided to expand aircraft parking capacity at Shirdi Airport.
From October, the airport will connect to four new cities - Delhi, Bangalore, Indore and Chennai, which will make it busier than ever before.

The airport is currently connected with two cities only - Mumbai and Hyderabad. The airport can currently park only four aircraft at a time.

“We do have plans to expand the parking capacity at Shirdi airport in future by having additional parking lots. Currently, we have a capacity of parking four aircraft at a time which is enough. But with airport getting busier, the demand may increase,” said a MADC official to DNA.

The official informed that MADC has provision for additional land for increasing the aircraft parking capacity of the airport.

"After the expansion around 10 aircraft will be able to park at a time," said the official.

Charter aircraft that come daily to the airport don't require parking for more than 3 hours and the flights coming in from Mumbai and Hyderabad return back before sunset, said MADC officials.

Shirdi Airport also does not have night landing facility.

The airport has witnessed over 2,000 flight operations since October 2017. So far, it has catered to over 50,000 passengers.

Currently, only Alliance Air operates two flights from the airport connecting Hyderabad, Shirdi and Mumbai. Alliance Air is a subsidiary of Air India. The airlines also plan to increase the frequency of its flight to and from the airport.

As per reports, SpiceJet and Jet Airways may also start flight service to the airport connecting tier-I cities with Shirdi.
Maharashtra: Shirdi Airport to lease land for 5-star hotel with wellness centre
To monetise its huge land bank around Shirdi Airport and maintain the sanctity of Shirdi, the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is planning to establish a budget hotel and a 5-star. The latter is supposed to house a wellness centre with a range of facilities such as meditation, vipassana, and yoga.

A MADC official said, "We will lease out around two acres of land for construction of a budget hotel and five acres for a five-star hotel that will also have a wellness centre."

The official added, "We will lease out the seven acres in lieu of upfront payment, which means that we will take the lease rent for 66 years in advance considering we need to meet our operational expenses by means of such commercial activities."

Apart from this, the authority is also planning to lease out around three acres of the plot near Shirdi Airport to a private player who will install solar panels on the plot to generate electricity and supply it to the airport for free. In return, the private player will be able to sell the surplus electricity generated in the open market.

The MADC official added, "Operational cost of Shirdi Airport on any given month is more than Rs 1 crore, of which around 60 per cent is spent on security provisions. Hence, we need to develop several models to meet our operational expense."

From 1 oct SG starting Shirdi Delhi flight.

1st Boeing for Shirdi.

Booking opened



So per month it will soon be 10000 passengers per month.



Or even

Del - SAG - Hyd is also a good option
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One year of Shirdi airport: SpiceJet plans flights on Boeing 737, first to fly from airport
Mumbai: AS Shirdi airport completes a year since its inauguration on October 1 last year, SpiceJet is planning flights using the Boeing 737 from Shirdi to New Delhi. This will be a step ahead for a non-metropolitan airport, which would see a widebody operate from it. Airlines have only flown 72-seater ATR aircraft from Shirdi so far.

The airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind last year. Alliance Air, subsidiary of Air India, operates Hyderabad-Shirdi-Mumbai flights daily. According to Maharashtra Aviation Development Corporation (MADC) officials, occupancy on flights to and from Shirdi were above 80 per cent.
“We have seen good booking and passenger occupancy on Shirdi flights. On weekdays, the occupancy is above 60 per cent and, on weekends, above 80 per cent. Being a popular temple town, more and more people are taking flights to Shirdi,” a senior MADC official said.
The airport plans to celebrate completion of one year by operating its first widebodied aircraft. C S Gupta, executive director (technical), MADC, said SpiceJet plans to use Boeing 737-700s and 800s for the Shirdi-Delhi flights. “The Boeing 737-700 can accommodate 144 passengers while the 800 variant can accommodate 189 passengers. With the Shirdi-Delhi flight, daily flights from Shirdi will increase to eight from four.”
28/09/18 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express
From 30 oct. Hyd - Sag daily from trujet.

Booking started. Very good timings.

May be they can link to Tir Rja VGA vtz in near future.
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Does Shirdi airport have international status?
SpiceJet to operate to Shirdi from Chennai

Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Thursday said it will operate a new direct flight connecting Chennai with key pilgrim centre Shirdi.

The airline will deploy its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the route.

Does Shirdi airport have international status?
No, it does not.
No, it does not.
Knew it, but got confused with these pictures

Yeah, People often confuse 'Name' with "Status". The Official name of the airport has international in it. I've heard they plan to apply for Customs and Immigrations soon, but for all intents and purposes, its still a 'domestic-use-only' airport.
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Yeah, People often confuse 'Name' with "Status". The Official name of the airport has international in it. I've heard they plan to apply for Customs and Immigrations soon, but for all intents and purposes, its still a 'domestic-use-only' airport.
Even having it in the official name, the word ‘international’ is unnecessary here unless it has been accorded the international status. Anyone by seeing the name will think it as an International Airport.

People understand it correctly, its only the government & its officials who confuse people.

If they allow such thing for Shirdi, then each and every airport even in a small town should include it in the name of the airport, which doesn’t make sense and is not going to help start international flights in any manner.
There really is no rule as such that prevents an operator from putting the word 'international in their name, especially if the intention is to eventually have immigration control at the airport.

MADC is eyeing international charters, i've heard, since Sai Baba of Shirdi has a global following.
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