Travelling to Konkan Gets Easier! Check out the Officially Launched Sindhudurg Airport 

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Full of lush greenery and pristine beaches, the Konkan belt and is one of the most popular regions in Maharashtra. Making travel here easier, the Sindhudurg airport has finally been opened on 5th March 2019 by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Located on the Konkan coast between Malvan and Vengurla, it covers popular diving sites like Tarkarli and the historical Sindhudurg fort at a distance of only 20 km. However, what comes as a delight to most is that it will also be a good alternate route to fly to the ever-popular beaches of Goa. Close to North Goa, the driving distance to Tiracol, Arambol and Mandrem beaches is roughly 60 km, which is the same as Dabolim airport. This ₹520 crore airport is all set to enhance tourism in Sindhudurg and connect Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

Photo of Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India by Neha Bhise Sadalge

An MoU has been signed by the Airport Authority of India and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in the presence of the Civil Aviation Minister during its launch. With three international airports and thirteen domestic airports, the Maharashtra government is all set to take even more initiatives to boost tourism in the state. Apart from the inauguration ceremony, the ministers have also announced several ground-breaking schemes. There are plans to start a fishing industry and a horticulture cargo hub in Sindhudurg.

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Adventure enthusiasts can further rejoice now that the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has been given ₹65 crore to acquire tourism submarines, which will be a first in the country.

There is no news yet on which airlines will fly to the new airport. However, under the UDAN Scheme, a few lost carriers to use this to connect Mumbai and Bengaluru. The 2500 m runway can handle single-aisle, narrow body aircrafts such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The airport can handle 400 passengers per hour (200 arrivals and 200 departures) which is a great start.

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