President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Shirdi Airport on Sunday. The pilgrim town Shirdi is now connected with flights from Mumbai and Hyderabad which will be operated by Alliance Air under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of Ministry of Civil Aviation. The airport got a licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA for commercial operations last month.
The first flight from Shirdi to Mumbai landed at around 11.15 AM on Sunday. The regional aircraft, ATR 72-600 will connect Mumbai and Shirdi non-stop daily. Hyderabad will also connect the pilgrim town with a daily flight by the airline every afternoon which departs at 2:05 PM and reaches Shirdi at 3:55PM. The return flight departs at 4:25 PM and reaches back Hyderabad at 6:10 PM.
“The flight AI 9653 will depart Mumbai at 8.30 AM to reach Shirdi at 9.15 AM. The return flight will depart Shirdi at 9.45 AM and arrive in Mumbai at 11.05 AM on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday it will leave Mumbai at 3:20 PM to arrive in Shirdi at 4:05 PM and, leave Shirdi at 4:30 PM to arrive in Mumbai at 5:15 PM”, Air India said in a statement.
The airport is also equipped with an isolation bay to park aircraft during an emergency situations. This airport is expected to be equipped with night landing facilities in three months. This facility will allow flights to operate round the clock. The runway, which is 3200 meters long, is an ideal airfield to land narrow body airplanes such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 in an emergency situation.