Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackrey, on December 20, announced the commencement of operations of the newly-built Chipi airport in Konkan’s Sindhudurg district from January 2021. The CM, further said that the operations were scheduled to commence on May 1, 2020, however, the delay was caused due to the COVID pandemic.
The Chipi airport, located close to the Goa border, will improve connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Goa, north Karnataka and western Maharashtra. Moreover, the airport will further boost tourism and development in the Konkan region.
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The Ministry of Civil Aviation, in April 2019, had permitted Alliance Air, an Air India’s subsidiary, to operate flights from the Chipi airport under the government’s regional connectivity scheme, Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), which proposes to increase air connectivity to smaller cities.
Chipi airport has been built at a cost of Rs 520 crore. It has a 2,500-metre long runway and a terminal building with a capacity to handle 200 departing and arriving passengers each day.