Kadapa

Cuddapah (Kadapa) is located in the centre of Rayalaseema. It is a political hotbed as also a district which has lot of cement factories. Its airport can provide a much needed air connectivity to many towns and villages in all the four Rayalaseema districts. The only operational airport in Rayalaseema, which is Tirupati, is located in one corner and is closer to southern coastal districts than to Rayalaseema.

So while it is good news that the airport is ready now, it still is awaiting official inauguration.

The Airport was constructed in 1953, is spread over 669.5 acres (270.9 ha) of land and had a 6,562 ft × 150 ft (2,000 m × 46 m) runway . This new runway was completed under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis at a cost of Rs. 21 crore in 2009. In the 1980s, Vayudoot operated services to Kadapa from Hyderabad. The State Government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in March 2007 for developing the existing airports at Kadapa and Warangal to handle ATR-42 and ATR-72 type of aircraft. The airport is developed on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. A new 2 km runway was completed at a cost of Rs 21 crore in 2009. In addition, a 11-km long compound wall was constructed with an outlay of Rs. 24 crore. In the second phase, an Air Traffic Control (ATC) building, passenger terminal, parking bays and internal roads were built at a cost of Rs. 13 crore. Other facilities are developed at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore. AAI planeds to operationalise the airport by March 2014. Kadapa airport works are now completed. Kadapa airport was to be thrown open on 14 October 2014, but has been postponed.

Watch this Youtube Video to have a look at the airport.

 

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