Maharashtra: In a large turnout, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the new Chipi Airport, putting the pristine coastal region of Konkan on the national air map, here on Saturday. The grand opening was preceded by the first Mumbai-Chipi Alliance Air commercial flight which made a soft landing amid cheers and music, bringing a crowd of VIPs to the event.
Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia in New Delhi, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Narayan Rane, Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale, Chief Deputy Minister Ajit Pawar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
After overcoming a series of delays, Chipi Airport – first in Konkan – was finally ready at a cost of around Rs 520 crore under Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) and launched its operations from Saturday. Aviation circles have said that most seats are reserved until Diwali on various flights connecting Sindhudurg with Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Nagpur and gradually other cities.
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