To give a boost to regional air connectivity, the union government on Thursday said the Kadapa Airport in Andhra Pradesh will be Inaugurated on June 7.
After missing various deadlines, Kadapa Airport in Andhra Pradesh is all set to take wings with the state Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu scheduled to inaugurate the new Airport on Sunday.
According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Airport in the south-central part of Andhra Pradesh was developed at a cost of Rs.42 crore by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The ministry said theAAirport will be inaugurated at a function attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
"The first flight at Kadapa will land from Bengaluru at 11.30 a.m. on the day (June 7)," the ministry statement said.
"The AAI in its endeavour to promote regional and remote area connectivity in Tier-II and III cities has completed the development of Kadapa Airport at the cost of Rs.42 crore," the statement added.
The statement noted that the new airport has been erected using a compact pre-fabricated terminal building with a capacity to handle 100 peak hour passengers at a time.
"The runway is capable to handle ATR-72 type of aircraft operations. The new apron can accommodate three ATR-72 type of Aircraft.
"To facilitate the development of Kadapa Airport, the state government of Andhra Pradesh has made available 520 acres of land," the statement added.
The 1,719 m-long and 45 m wide runway at the airport can at present handle an ATR-72 type of aircraft while the new apron can accommodate up to three such aircraft at a time, the release said.
The Airport apron is the area of an airport where Aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, refuelled, or boarded.
Depending upon the growth of passenger traffic at Kadapa Airport, expansion and upgrading of the airport will be done to handle operations of bigger Aircraft, such as an Airbus A320, the release said.
With Kadapa set to get on the aviation map of the country, it would not only enhance the business potential and employment opportunities, but also give impetus to the economic growth of the city and the region, it added.
Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor