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Kurnool enters the aviation era

Connectivity matters: The Turbo Aviation aircraft that landed at Orvakal Airport near Kurnool on Monday as part of the first trial run.

Connectivity matters: The Turbo Aviation aircraft that landed at Orvakal Airport near Kurnool on Monday as part of the first trial run.   | Photo Credit: USUBRAHMANYAM

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Trial run of Orvakal facility goes off smoothly

The trial run of the Orvakal Greenfield airport was conducted successfully on Monday morning. An aircraft of Turbo Aviation took off from Hyderabad and landed at the airport, 26 km from the city. The trial run was conducted in the presence Principal Secretary (Energy) Ajay Jain.

The Air Traffic Control Tower, passenger lounge and administrative buildings are ready along with the 3,500-meter runway. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to formally inaugurate the airport on January 8, according to officials. The airport is being developed in 1,000 acres spending ₹100 crore initial investment.

With the airport likely to be readied to operate commercial flights from April 1, 2019, Kurnool will get cair connectivity to Kadapa, Hyderabad and Vijayawada and bring passengers from Nandyal, Anantapur and other small towns in the region.

Vast potential

The airport was developed by the Andhra Pradesh Airports Development Corporation Ltd. (APADCL). Kurnool is the second largest district in the State with an agriculture economy contributing to 36% of GDP, manufacturing 18% and the services sector 46%, the officials said and these sectors would get a boost with this connectivity.

Kurnool is being planned to be developed by State government as a hub for mineral-based industries and food processing, the officials said.

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