The new terminal at Madhurapudi airport here has become functional after a delay of five months. The construction of the terminal was completed five months ago but the inauguration was put off waiting for the Chief Minister. Due to unavoidable circumstances, according to the airport officials, the programme got delayed and finally on Wednesday evening the terminal was inaugurated.
The new control tower, terminal building and other buildings were constructed at a cost of Rs. 38 crores. The airport authorities shifted the equipment from the old terminal to the new one. According to Mr. Dhananjaya Rao, the airport director, the construction was done to the best technical specifications.
The airport authorities are trying to acquire land for expanding the runway from the 1,749 meters to 3,000 meters to facilitate the landing and takeoff of bigger aircraft. It is estimated that 700 more acres would be needed for the purpose. But the local farmers are not willing to part with their lands.
Presently, Spice Jet and Jet Airways are operating services from here to Hyderabad daily. Kingfisher has stopped its daily service. It is said efforts are on to connect Rajahmundry with several destinations in the country. The airport caters to the needs of air passengers in the two Godavari districts.