Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju declared open the upgraded
airport in Karnataka's second-largest city Hubballi Dharwar in Northern
Karnataka to enhance connectivity from the region to other parts of the state
and the country.
Hubballi Airport has been included in the second phase of Udan (regional
airport connectivity and development) scheme of the central government, said
Since Hubballi is tagged for UDAN, it is expected that this upgraded
airport will be connected shortly with many other airports in the
country," said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, who was
also present at the event.
Located 410 km to the northwest of Bengaluru, Hubballi forms a continuous
urban area with its twin city Dharwad. Currently, the Hubballi Airport has one
daily flight to Bengaluru through a ATR-72, a twin-engine short-haul aircraft.
A new Air India flight A-319 connecting Bengaluru to Mumbai via Hubballi
was flagged off from the upgraded airport. The flight will operate thrice a
week, with a capacity of 160 passengers.
The upgraded airport is now capable of handling AB-320 aircraft," said
the Airports Authority of India, which operates the airport, in a statement.
The terminal, upgraded at an outlay of Rs 142 crore. The upgraded airport is
built in an area of 3,600 square km and can handle up to 300 passengers at a
time during peak hours.
During 2016-17, Hubballi Airport had handled around 25,928 passengers.
Hubballi, a home to many small, medium and large scale industries, is one of
the fastest growing cities in the state. The Hubballi-Dharwad region is also
popular for tourism due to its proximity to the Western Ghats.