Kolhapur airport reopens after a year
Kolhapur: The airport in Kolhapur has reopened after almost a year, with Kingfisher Airlines agreeing to resume its Mumbai-Kolhapur-Mumbai flights from June 10.
Initially, the flights would be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The 72-seat aircraft will depart from Santa Cruz airport (Mumbai) at 10 am and reach Kolhapur at 11.05 am the same day. The return flight from Kolhapur would be at 11.35 am and reach Mumbai at 12.45 pm.
The airport, managed by the Maharashtra industrial development corporation (MIDC), was closed for repairs by the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) on June 16 last year after the airstrip was found to be unsafe. The DGCA gave its nod for reopening of the airport after repairs were completed two months ago.
However, since Kingfisher Airlines did not resume its services, the minister of state for home, Satej Patil, had a meeting with the airlines and MIDC officials in Mumbai, where it was agreed that the airlines would resume its operations.
The MIDC spent Rs 6 crore to repair the 1,370-metre-long and 50-metre-wide airstrip. Other facilities like closed circuit television system, baggage scanner, door-frame and hand-held metal detectors and guide lights along the airstrip have been installed.