Air connectivity in Karnataka gets a boost, as five new airports will soon be made operational
The five new airports that will be made operational include Vijayapura, Karwar, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Bidar
The Ministry of Civil Aviation recently announced that five more airports will be made operational in Karnataka in the next two years. The five new airports that will be made operational include Vijayapura, Karwar, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Bidar. “While, about 40 airports have been made operational in the past five years, the new target is to double the number of functional helipads and airports in the coming two to five years,” said Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola.
Besides, he also stated that Bidar airport will be made operational after Gulbarga, and is expected to begin operations on January 26. The maiden flight will be from Bidar to Bengaluru. Besides, while addressing the audience at a recently held summit hosted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Kharola also stated that Bengaluru has the capacity to become the aviation capital of India.
The upcoming airports are developed as a part of the UDAN scheme brought forth by the Central Government. In total, 13 flights will be operating from the airport at Belagavi. On the whole, Karnataka will have eight functional airports, namely Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Bengaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Bellary and Bidar.