2012: An Inaugural Ceremony for a Revamped Airport in India

March 23, 2012

The newly renovated version of Jalgaon Airport in India was formally inaugurated. This domestic airport is located southeast of the city of Jalgaon in the state of Maharashtra in India’s western peninsular region. (Maharashtra is the second-most populous state of India and the country’s third-largest state by area.)

Jalgaon Airport was opened in 1973. In 2009, the Government of Maharashtra signed a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India (the national government entity responsible for the country’s civil aviation infrastructure) for a wide range of improvements to Jalgaon Airport.

Key examples of these upgrades were both a new taxiway, a route along which a plane on the ground can be maneuvered to or from a runway; and apron, the area of an airport where planes are parked, refueled, and maintained. In addition, the runway was extended to better accommodate the landings and takeoffs of larger aircraft. Other enhancements put in place at Jalgaon Airport included a fully air-conditioned waiting area for passengers in the waiting area of the terminal; and a state-of-the-art aircraft operations system.

Those participating in the celebration of the revamped Jalgaon Aiport included Pratibha Patil, president of India. Patil, who had been born in that region of Maharashtra in 1934, took time after the ceremony to emphasize the logistical and economic benefits of the improved airport for the further growth of the namesake city that it serves. “Jalgaon is an important center of northern Maharashtra,” she said. ”If you look at the city, you will see a fast progressing place. The presence of ample manpower and infrastructure can attract many a company.”

Photo Credit: Hemant Ghotkar (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on Jalgaon Airport, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalgaon_Airport

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