The Maharashtra government has approved an investment of ₹350 crore for the expansion of the Shirdi airport. The expansion is expected to be completed by May next year, according to the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC), which manages the airport. The deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently chaired a meeting on the expansion and directed officials to immediately complete all the necessary processes.
The design of the new terminal building is currently being finalized, and the project for the expansion will be awarded shortly. The entire expansion is expected to take about 18 months to complete. The Shirdi airport was inaugurated in October 2017 and quickly became one of the fastest-growing airports managed by MADC before the COVID-19 pandemic. The current terminal building can hold 300 passengers at a time, but passengers have frequently complained about the inadequate facilities at the airport. The expansion aims to upgrade the airport to meet global standards.