Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has laid the foundation stone for an airport in Rewa district. The airport, which will be able to operate 19-seater aircraft, is expected to be ready by 2025. The proposed airport will be established in Chorhta, which already has an existing airfield that will be strengthened by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), along with the grading of the runway strip area. The AAI will construct the terminal building with a peak hour capacity of 50 passengers, at a cost of around Rs 300 crore.
Rewa's existing airfield, which is owned by the state government and covers 61.95 acres of land, currently has a runway of 1400 metres with a small building of 150 sq metres. In December 2022, the state government handed over the airfield to the AAI for revival and construction of facilities. The state government will provide an additional 290 acres of land to make the proposed airport suitable for ATR-72 operations in the future. The state cabinet has already approved the acquisition of 246 acres of private land and approved the compensation of Rs 206 crore to the landowners. The remaining land is expected to be acquired soon, according to Ramji Awasthi, a senior AAI official who is currently serving as Director of Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport.
The establishment of the first airport in the region is expected to provide air services not only to the citizens of Rewa but also to over a dozen districts of the Vindhya region, such as Sidhi, Satna, Shadole, Umaria, Singrouli, Anupur, and others. At present, people of these districts travel between 250-300 km to nearby airports - either to Jabalpur or Prayagraj (Allahabad) for emergency purposes.