Take this as some good news or bad news, SpiceJet and Pegasus Air have shown their intent to start operations from Hubli.
This is good news for the citizens of Hubli as currently Kingfisher only flies to Mumbai and it has discontinued its Bangalore service.
Sources have told this blog that, services could start as soon as the AAI gives the permission. Both SpiceJet and Pegasus Air are low cost airlines and both want to connect to Bangalore.
SpiceJet had earlier visited Belgaum and some talks were on to start operations from here but nothing has materialized.
The Belgaum airport which was started in 1942 and which is now closed for commercial flights is awaiting for a revival. The expansion plans of the runway is still on papers even after 10 years or so. The farmers whose land would be acquired have raised objections over some parts of the land and their access to burial and crematoriums to which the administration is looking into.
With this we may be forced to write one day the nearest operational airport for Belgaum is Hubli.