Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Oct 1: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the newly built Shirdi Airport in Ahmednagar and the inaugural Alliance Air commercial flight to Mumbai.
Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, MADC Vice-Chairman and MD Suresh Kakani, other top central and state officials were also present at the event.
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The inauguration marks the beginning of the year-long centenary celebrations of Shri Saibaba Samadhi for which more than 11 million pilgrims are anticipated from around the world.
The airport has been established by Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC).
This small town in western Maharashtra is a world-famous pilgrim spot for the ‘samadhi’ temple of a 20th century saint, known as Saibaba, who is revered by all communities.
Permitted initially for daytime operations by the DGCA, the new airport will slash the travel time between Mumbai and Shirdi, around 240 km apart, from six hours to barely 45 minutes.