|Elevation AMSL||1,926 ft / 587 m|
The Rs. 340 crore airport project is part of the State Government's effort to promote religious tourism at Shirdi, known for the temple of Sai Baba, among the most revered spiritual gurus in India. Around 80,000 devotees visit the temple town daily and the numbers go up to 3 lakh per day during weekends, vacations and festivals. These pilgrims access Shirdi via road, Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station and the Aurangabad Airport located 125 km from Shirdi.
The airport is being built by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC). Plans for a terminal building costing around Rs 40 crore have been abandoned due to shortage of funds and a smaller terminal costing 3- 4 crores will be built instead.. The Ahmednagar district administration officially acquired land for the airport project on December 22, 2009.
The single runway was initially intended to be 60 metres wide and 2,000 metres long and the airport was expected to start operations in December 2011. However, the MADC decided to extend the length of the runway to 3,200 metres to enable operations of larger aircraft and consequently the project missed its deadline. Runway length now stands at 2,500 metres. The work is now expected to be completed in 2018 before the forthcoming centenary celebrations of Sai baba's Samadhi that will draw thousands of devotees to the pilgrim town from various parts of the country as well as abroad.
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