Upgraded Belagavi airport begins operation in Karnataka

Consumer Infoline News Desk / On 2017-09-15 00:00:00

Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched upgraded airport services at Sambra on the outskirts of Karnataka's northwest city aimed at facilitating passenger and cargo traffic in the region.

"The upgraded airport will enable state-run and private airlines to operate daily more flights to and from strategically located Belagavi," Belagavi Additional Deputy Commissioner Suresh Itnal here.

Located about 500km from Bengaluru and 480km from Mumbai, Belagavi has the potential to be part of the hub-and-spoke model of civil aviation, connecting Mangaluru, Hubballi, and Mysuru across the state and Panaji in neighbouring Goa.

"Though SpiceJet has been the lone operator with turboprop ATR-72 daily from Bengaluru to Mumbai vial Belagavi during day and vice versa, extension of the runway to 2,300 metres will enable it and other airlines to operate even Boeing or Airbus aircraft round the clock," Itnal said.

"As the airport is fully equipped for any aircraft to land and take off in all-weather conditions, even chartered service can be operated with smaller aircraft or helicopters," he said.

The upgraded airport could give a fillip to thousands of farmers to market their fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in the region throughout the year.

"We are looking forward to full-fledged cargo services from Belagavi due to its road and rail connectivity to major cities in south, west, central and northern states. With cold storage and supply chain, farmers and other stakeholders will benefit from the new airport," the official said.

Budget carrier Indigo and Jet Airways evinced interest to commence their daily service to and from Belagavi, preferably in the regional circuit.

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