The runway expansion work of the air strip at Sambra (Belagavi) airport is over and the construction of the new terminal building and ATC tower is in full swing.
However sources say that a team of directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) had recently visited the airport to overlook the work and were not satisfied with a Aircel mobile tower at Hanamanatti village, 4 km from the airport and also the open road near the airport strip which is causing some issues with the installation of approach lights on the air strip.
The DGCA after evaluations has fixed a deadline of April 2017 for completion of the work and commencement services of larger aircrafts other than the ATR.
New Apron, Taxiway & Isolation Bay and associated works at Belgaum Airport. The project envisages providing Runway lighting, Taxiway Edge lighting, Approach Lighting and Laying of Cables is all been completed.
The existing runway of 1830 m has now been extended to 3200 m and the width would remain the same to 45 m.
The new taxiway is 23 m wide, 228.5 m long with 3.5 mtrs wide shoulders on both sides. There will be provision of new Isolation Bay 120 m × 100 m and 270 m × 23 m Link Taxiway with 3.5 m wide shoulder suitable to cater for code “C” type of aircraft.
A new parking apron of size 157.50 m × 130 m for parking aircraft 3 number Category C Aircrafts has been proposed. There is a provision of new Isolation Bay 120 m × 100 m and 270 m × 23 m Link Taxiway with 3.5m wide shoulder suitable to cater for code “C” type of aircraft.
Work on New ATC tower cum Technical Block, Fire station (category VII), relocation of DVOR, security watch tower, new substation, AC plant room, provision of hooter system at access points and provision of explosive detection system is in progress.
Traffic potential of Belgaum Airport for the year 2012-2013 is 378 aircraft movements and 13778 passengers & traffic forecast for 2015-16 is 754 aircraft movements and 47513 passengers.
Forecast for 2016-17 is 792 and 52265 passengers
Forecast for 2017-18 is 831 and 57491 passengers
Forecast for 2022-2023 years is 1222 aircraft movements and 92590 passengers.
The existing airport area is 360.34 acres and got an additional area of about 370 acres for its expansion. Hence, the total project area will be 730.34 acres. At present Belgaum airport have one runway oriented 08/26, 1,830m in length, apron of 6,916m2 terminal building of 1200m2