COMMISSIONING OF AIRPORT AT SHIRDI
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.