Sindhudurg Airport

Coordinates: 16°00′00″N 73°32′00″E / 16.00000°N 73.53333°E / 16.00000; 73.53333
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Sindhudurg Airport
Airport typePublic
LocationChipi-Parule, Vengurla taluka, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India
Opened5 March 2019; 5 years ago (2019-03-05)
Elevation AMSL203 ft / 62 m
Coordinates16°00′00″N 73°32′00″E / 16.00000°N 73.53333°E / 16.00000; 73.53333
SDW is located in Maharashtra
Location of the airport in Maharashtra
SDW is located in India
SDW (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2023 - March 2024)
Passengers17,618 (Decrease 37.1%)
Aircraft movements397 (Decrease 34.9%)
Cargo tonnage
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Sindhudurg Airport (IATA: SDW, ICAO: VOSR), also known as Chipi Airport, is a domestic airport serving the city of Sindhudurg, Maharastra, India. It is located at Chipi-Parule in Vengurla taluka, located 21 km (13 mi) from the nearest city of Malvan and 31 km (19 mi) from Sindhudurg. Construction was completed by the second half of 2018 and a test flight from Mumbai landed on 12 September 2018 on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.[4] The airport was formally inaugurated on 5 March 2019, and commercial flights started at the airport from 9 October 2021.[5] Alliance Air was the only airline operating flights from Mumbai, until when Fly91 became the second airline to begin flights to Bangalore and Hyderabad from 18 March 2024.[6]


IRB Infrastructure won the bid to develop the airport in 2009 for a concession period of 95 years.[7] The project received environmental clearance in March 2012.[8] Work on the airport was completed in the second half of 2013,[9] and was expected to be completed by August 2014, but had been delayed for years because of issues in acquiring private land, among others.[10]

After overcoming a series of delays, the airport was finally ready and launched civilian operations on 9 October 2021.

Alliance Air started its operations with flights from Mumbai on 9 October 2021. Other airlines have also started planning seasonal flights to the airport from Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, and Hyderabad.


The airport was built by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd. on a build–operate–transfer (BOT) basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).[11] The airport was initially planned with a 3170 metre long runway at a cost of Rs. 175 crores.[12] It is spread over 275 hectares and the 2500 metre runway can accommodate aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The airport terminal building can handle 200 departing and 200 arriving passengers during peak hours.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Alliance Air Mumbai
Fly91 Bangalore, Hyderabad[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annexure III – Passenger Data" (PDF). Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Annexure II – Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV – Freight Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  4. ^ a b "Maharashtra's Sindhudurg Airport may begin regular operations soon! First 'test flight' to land on Sep 12". Financial Express. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Successful test flight lands at Sindhudurg Airport". Press Information Bureau. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Flight Schedule" (PDF). Fly91. Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  7. ^ "IRB Infra wins Sindhudurg airport bid". MoneyControl. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  8. ^ "IRB Infra's Sindhudurg airport gets environmental clearance". CNBC-TV18. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Sindhudurg airport to be up next year". Daily News & Analysis. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  10. ^ "International flights from Sindhudurg soon". Daily News & Analysis. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Work on Chipi airport takes off". The Times of India. 14 April 2013. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Development Greenfield Airport in Sindhudurg District". IRB Infra. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Regional airline FLY91 to start commercial flights from March 18 – Details inside". The Financial Express. 12 March 2024. Retrieved 12 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Flight Schedule" (PDF). Fly91. Retrieved 12 March 2024.