It’s always great to have good flight connectivity through out the country; and another feather to the cap is the Sindhudurg Airport in Parule-Chipi area of Maharashtra’s Konkan region, that will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on March 5.

The new civil airport at Sindhudurg in the Konkan region and other upcoming airports infrastructure projects in Maharashtra such as the one in Ratnagiri is likely to boost and tourism in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

Sindhudurg Airport has been built at the cost of Rs. 520 crore, and the newly constructed terminal building is being estimated to handle a capacity of a modest 400 passengers per hour; with a passenger capacity of about 10 lakh on an annual basis. There’s a 2,500m runway at this airport that can handle single-aisle, narrow-body aircrafts such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.

Even though there’s not a lot of flights operating from the airport for the time being, this development will definitely help travellers to access some of Maharashtra’s most popular attractions easily. The airport is located along the Konkan coast between Malvan and Vengurla. Travellers can get to Tarkarli beach known especially for its diving and the Sindhudurg Fort in a matter of minutes from the airport.

The airport will also help travellers to get to Goa, particularly North Goa. That’s because the driving distance from the airport to North Goa (particularly to beaches like Tiracol, Arambol and Mandrem) will hardly be 60km; the same distance being from Goa’s Dabolim airport. The drive on this route will prove to be the most scenic given the rich natural beauty, ancient temples and historical forts that the Konkan region is blessed with. What’s more is that this will not only help the tourism sector but also contribute largely to the economic sector of the state.