If we believe what our sources have confirmed, then from July 12, we could Alliance Air to fly thrice a week to Bengaluru, to begin with.
From July 1, 2018 Spice jet is stopping its only current service to Belagavi, in May there were 5 flights daily and suddenly after SpiceJet ditched IXG and shifted to Hubbali as it got route under UDAN.
If we have to believe our sources, they more good news, Air India, Indigo have shown the keen interest in starting operations from here but they have some technical difficulties with them. Like, Air India needs to get landing slots in Mumbai and Bengaluru while Indigo has shortage of planes currently and it can think of new routes only when it gets more planes by July end.
The Save IXG group has been pressing for more flights and would be meeting in person the minister in Delhi in some time.
Indigo is player we must keep an eye on as it is interested seeing the load factor but currently is tied up with shortage of planes as it has to start many new flights under UDAN.
Even now the load factor at HBX except for the Chennai flight is not very good and with Indigo starting from HBX the load factor can dwindle down as there would be around 21 flights to and from HBX.
Inclusion of IXG under UDAN is a policy decision and as announced by PM Shri Narendra Modi in a rally in Belagavi, but it would be mostly by the year end.
Definitely Belagavi has lacked the political pressure which Hubbali has gained but the Save IXG like peer groups have been able to make some kind of noise and get the fact noted that we also deserve more.