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On Sun­day Oc­to­ber 1, 2017, the In­ter­na­tional Air­port at Shirdi in Ahmed­na­gar dis­trict, was in­au­gu­rated by the hon­ourable Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Ram Nath Kovind. On the oc­ca­sion, the Pres­i­dent of In­dia also flagged off the in­au­gu­ral flight from Shirdi to Mumbai. The air­port at Shirdi is spread over 400 hectares and is lo­cated at Kakdi vil­lage about 15 km South-West of Shirdi. The air­port has been built by the Ma­ha­rash­tra Air­port De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (MADC). The air­port project is part of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort to pro­mote re­li­gious tourism at Shirdi, known for the tem­ple of Sai Baba. Around 80,000 devo­tees visit the tem­ple town daily and the num­bers go up to five lakh per day dur­ing week­ends, va­ca­tions and fes­ti­vals. Travel time be­tween Mumbai and Shirdi is ex­pected to be cut to 45 min­utes. The run­way at the air­port is re­port­edly long enough to al­low op­er­a­tions by Air­bus A320 and Boe­ing 737 air­craft.

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