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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received environment clearance for extension of runway at Rajahmundry airport in Andhra Pradesh, which is estimated to cost Rs 181.45 crore. The existing airport at Madhurapudi village is currently handling about 12 operations daily and the operating capacity is about 225 passengers an hour.
AAI wants to extend the runway to meet the growing traffic demand and to facilitate bigger aircraft. “The Environment Ministry has given the final clearance to AAI for expansion of the Rajahmundry airport runway,” a senior government official said.