Shirdi airport to start operating soon; 6 flights daily to start with

Have a trip to the famous religious centre of Shirdi on mind but hassled by the thoughts of those rather arduous train and road journeys? Well, fret no more. Yes, because Shirdi airport is slated to start operating in around a week, possibly October 1, and promises to ease the hassles of all those planning a trip to Shirdi.
The new airport is named the Sri Saibaba International Airport; initially, flights to Shirdi will operate on fixed sectors, including Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad. The Shirdi airport opening date is slated for October 1, 2017, with Indian President Ramnath Kovind all set to inaugurate and throw it open to the public. As per the estimates, around 500 passengers will start using the airport daily right from its inception. Quite well-equipped for its size, the Shirdi airport has been built at a cost of around INR 300 crores by the Maharashtra Airports Development Company (MADC) and is bound to bring in relief to people travelling long distances to the religious centre from all around India and the world. A direct flight from Mumbai to Shirdi will be a meagre 35 minutes now, while Delhi to Shirdi by air would be around 2.5 hours. Shirdi airport’s close location to the main religious hubs of the town is aimed to ease travellers off rather long train and road commutes from all across India. While a number of airlines have applied for permissions to operate at the Shirdi airport, Alliance Air and Jet Airways apart from TruJet (a private airline) are expected to start operating from day one of the airport launch.