The development of Airports and Infrastructure is a continuous affair, and the AAI takes care of the development and expansion activities based on the market dynamics, the significance of the region, and passenger demand. We must have all heard the name 'Kolhapur' at least once, especially during school days.
Now, considering the tremendous passenger traffic growth at the Kolhapur airport, the Airports Authority of India has undertaken the work for developing the airport for enhanced capacity. The development includes the construction of a new world-class terminal building, strengthening and extension of the existing runway, and construction of a new apron and isolation bay.
Kolhapur Airport, Maharashtra:
Kolhapur Airport has been identified for RCS operations under the UDAN scheme and is currently connected to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Tirupati. Recently Airport Aerodrome license has been upgraded to 24*7 flight operations.
Kolhapur Airport New Terminal Building:
The new terminal building is being constructed in an area of 4000 sqm and will be able to process 300 passengers during peak hours. With 10 check-in counters, the Terminal will be equipped with all modern passenger amenities. The building will be a Four-Star GRIHA-rated energy-efficient building with sustainability features.
Interiors to reflect the local Art and Culture:
The interiors of the terminal building will reflect the art and culture of local culture & heritage. The big archways at the front facade of the new terminal building is influenced and derived from the commonly used arches in the heritage structures like Maharaja Palace, Bhavani Mandap, and Panhala Fort of Kolhapur city.
New Terminal Building:
More than 60% of the work for the extension of the terminal building is complete, and the building will be ready by 31st March 2023.
Work on upgrading the airside facilities is also completed.
Apart from the above developments, a new Air Traffic Control Tower is also being constructed to cater for future traffic growth.
A parking area with a capacity to accommodate 110 cars, and 10 buses is also part of the development activities.
Kolhapur City for Travel Freaks:
Kolhapur city is situated on the banks of the Panchganga river and is surrounded by Sahyadri mountain ranges. Recollected the name of the mountain ranges we studied in social studies?
It is a city known for its historical forts, temples and royal places of erstwhile royals. Kolhapur is one of the most agriculturally advanced districts in Maharashtra and is known for being a leading district in agro-based industry. It is also a front runner for manufacturing engineering products, refined sugar and textiles.
Development, Helps Growth of the Region:
The new world-class terminal building of the Kolhapur Airport will enhance the connectivity to this industrial city, boosting the tourism industry of the region. The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community but also provide access to better educational and medical facilities.
Domestic Aviation Operations as on 20 Aug:
As per the data shared by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Domestic aviation operations are soaring with all COVID protocols in place.
3,36,552 passengers on 2,579 flights.
Total flight movements: 5,157
Total passengers: 6,61,835
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