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From July, Shirdi will be 40 minutes away from Mumbai

Jamshedpur, June 17: Forty minutes. Thatís all that it will take from Mumbai to reach Shirdi in a flight in a few weeks.

If everything goes as planned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new airport near the town famous for its Saibaba temple by July end.

A journey that otherwise is a five-hour road trip, will be made far more feasible for. The airport has been partly funded by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, the report further added.

The airport, apart from Mumbai, will also connect Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad, the report quoted officials as saying.

Airport officials are expecting the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai to give them at least two slots. They also said that airlines, including Alliance Air, Trujet and Indigo, have visited the site.

ďWe expect four flights a day in the beginning. Aircraft ranging from ATRs to an Airbus 320 could land here,Ē the report quoted Suresh Kakani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), as saying.

The airport, which was sanctioned in 2010, will be owned and operated by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company.

The airport costs a whopping Rs 340 crore, out of which Rs 45 crore has been given by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, said by Chairman Dr. Suresh Kashinath Haware.

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