New Delhi: The first flight from Kalaburagi Airport took off today, headed for Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, after the inauguration of Kalaburagi airport by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The airport has been built under the ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik‘ Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN-RCS) of the Government of India and is spread across 742 acres and developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 176 crores.
Kalaburagi Airport is at a distance of 13.8 km from Kalaburagi City and is a DGCA licensed Aerodrome for VFR/Day operations. Three flights per week will be operated by Star Air on Monday, Friday and Sunday. It will depart Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at 12:20 pm and land at Kalaburagi at 1:25 pm. From Kalaburagi it will depart at 1:55 pm, and reach at 3 pm.
Last month, Star Air had launched a flight from Hubballi in Northern Karnataka to Hindon, Delhi’s second airport. This is the longest commercial air travel route under the UDAN-RCS scheme.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation undertook the task to develop the Kalaburagi airport as it will pave the way for direct connectivity to North Karnataka with state Headquarters and other commercial centres.
Kalaburagi Airport will act as a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, and Gulbarga Fort.
The newly built airport is in line with the commitment & perseverance of the Airport Authority of India under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India to enable the country with better air connectivity.
So far, 230 routes and 42 airports have been operationalized under UDAN. UDAN will connect all States and Union Territories (UTs) of the country with around 700 routes, laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market.
Earlier this week, Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation UDAN 4.0 will offer priority airline routes, and connect Bilaspur and Ambikapur airports.
Air India also announced a partnership in November with US-based GDC Technics to pursue maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and modification under the ‘Make in India’ Scheme for Air India airplanes as well as other commercial aircraft throughout the region.
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