Considering the tremendous passenger traffic growth at the Kolhapur airport, Airports Authority of India has undertaken the work for developing the airport for enhanced capacity. The development project includes construction of a new terminal building, strengthening of existing runway, extension of runway, construction of new apron and isolation bay.
Kolhapur Airport has been identified for regional connectivity operations under UDAN scheme and is presently connected to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Tirupati. Recently, the Airport Aerodrome license has been upgraded to 24X7 flight operations.
The new world-class terminal building of the airport will enhance the connectivity to this industrial city, boosting tourism industry of the region. The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community but will also provide access to better educational and medical facilities.
More than 60 per cent of the work for extension of terminal building is completed and the building will be ready by March 31 next year. A work of upgrading of the airside facilities is completed.
Apart from this, a new Air Traffic Control Tower is also being constructed to cater to future traffic growth. Parking area with capacity for 110 car, 10 buses are also part of the development activities.
The new terminal building is being constructed in an area of 4,000 sqm and will be able to process 300 passengers during peak hours. With 10 check-in counters the, terminal will be equipped with all modern passenger amenities. The building will be a Four-Star GRIHA rated energy efficient building with sustainability features. The interiors of the terminal building will reflect the art and culture of local culture & heritage. The big archways at the front facade of the new terminal building is influenced and derived from the commonly used arches in the heritage structures like Maharaja Palace, Bhavani Mandap, Panhala Fort of Kolhapur city.
Kolhapur city is situated on the banks of Panchganga river and is surrounded by Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a city known for its historical forts, temples and royal places of erstwhile royals. Kolhapur is one of the most agriculturally advanced districts in Maharashtra and is known for being a leading district in agro-based industry. It is also a front runner for manufacturing engineering products, refined sugar and textiles.