- After missing various deadlines, Kadapa Airport in Andhra Pradesh is now open to public.
- The state Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the new airport on 08/06/2015.
- The Airport has been constructed by the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) at an investment of Rs 42 crore as part of the government’s efforts to promote regional and remote area connectivity in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
- Andhra Pradesh has provided 520 acres of land to facilitate the development of the airport, which has a new compact pre-fabricated terminal building with a capacity to cater to 100 passengers at peak hours.
- The 1,719 metre-long and 45 metre 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The first plane at Kadapa Airport, an Air Pegasus flight from Bengaluru, landed at 11.30 a.m. on its opening day.
Source:The Economic Times