Amby Valley city, located near Lonavla, on Thursday, became the first privately-run township in India to have a regular air service from Mumbai.
Visitors to Amby Valley can use this service by regional airline Air One. The service will initially be available from Mumbai and later from Pune, Gujarat and Delhi.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who was present, said: “The delay in Chakan airport is not from our end. It is the state government which is yet to start land acquisition.”
Around 3,300 hectares covering seven villages have been notified for the airport.
Air connectivity to Amby Valley has been in place for three years. It is only now that regular air service — starting with six flights per week — has begun. At least 1,500 fliers are expected to use the service on weekends and around 8,000 to 10,000 monthly. The airport was built at a cost of Rs 80 crore.