Sindhudurg airport authorities Wednesday conducted a trial flight successfully ahead of the announcement of the launch of operations likely next month.
The Rs 520-crore airport is being constructed by city-based road developer IRB, at Parule Chipi in the Sindhudurg district in the Konkan region of the state on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.
Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, who belongs to the Konkan region, later, in a tweet said that he had targeted the trial landing flight ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the state from the day he took charge.
"Day took charge @MoCA_GoI ordered #Sindhudurg airport trial flight landing to happen on Day before #GaneshaChaturthi, constant follow up, relentless efforts result in flight landing today," Prabhu said in the tweet.
"We are also expecting a chartered flight at Sindhudurg from Malta in December," he had said.
With a 2,500-metre long runway, the airport will have a capacity to handle 200 departing and 200 arriving passengers during peak hours.
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