The launch of the Sindhudurg Airport and a flight service from Mumbai, is a milestone development that has brought the two cities closer to each other. Launched as the maiden service under the RCS-UDAN scheme, the flight will be operated by Alliance Air company, read reports. The 72-seater flight covers the 530-KM distance between the two cities in just 85 minutes.
Daily flight from Mumbai to Sindhudurg
The Civil Aviation Minister green flagged the Sindhudurg terminal building and the Mumbai flight, in a virtual inauguration last week. According to the flight schedule, the airbus will run as a daily service from the Mumbai airport at 11:30 PM and arrive in Sindhudurg at 1 PM, bringing the resplendent Ganapatipule beaches closer to the 'Maximum City'. The return journey will depart at 1:25 PM from Sindhudurg and reach the CSMIA at 2:50 PM.
The new development paves way for extensive growth of local businesses and tourism of the Konkan region. This place holds the potential to develop into a popular destination among tourists, said the Minister during the launch. Within the next 5 years, around 20-25 flights will be running from the airport, he added.
The 8-year development course of Greenfield Sindhurdurg Airport
The Sindhudurg Greenfield Airport project was kickstarted by IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited, under Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in 2013. Around ₹520 crores have been spent in the last 8 years to complete the 271-hectare-wide terminal at the Chipi-Parule in Sindhudurg district.
Notably, this airport is the 61st terminal under the UDAN scheme, which operates around 381 routes pan India. The financial incentives for the same are being patched up by Viability Gap Funding (VGF) from the Centre, state governments and airport operators. This funding is related to selected airlines to line up more flights from unserved areas and underserved airport centres, across the nation.