Beach Ganpatipule is now less than two hours away from Mumbai, so what did Alliance Air do with launching ATR flights to Sindhudurg on Saturday. The Alliance Air flight, operated by a 72-seater ATR 72-600, will depart from Mumbai daily at 11.35 am and land at Sindhudurg at 1 pm, thus covering a distance of 530 km in approximately 85 minutes. The return flight will leave at 1.25 PM and reach Mumbai at 2.50 PM.
Jyotiraditya Scindia Civil Aviation Minister virtually inaugurated the terminal building and flagged off the first Sindhudurg-Mumbai flight operated under the RCS-UDAN scheme. “The inauguration of Sindhudurg airport and flight to Mumbai marks a new chapter in the glorious history of India. Konkan region. This development will open new avenues for the development of local trade and tourism. I am sure that with the huge potential of the region, the number of daily flights will increase to 20-25 in the next 5 years,” Scindia said.
The greenfield airport has been built at Chipi-Parule in Sindhudurg district on 271 hectares of land at an estimated cost of Rs 520 crore. The airport has been under construction for eight years and construction by IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited began in February 2013, a release issued by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation Press Information Bureau said.
The inauguration marked the start of the 61st airport under the UDAN scheme and the operation of 381 routes under UDAN. Under the scheme, selected airlines are being provided financial incentives in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) from the Central, State Governments and airport operators to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports.
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