Come November Skies of Belagavi to get more busy with more air schedules, thanks to newly expanded and upgraded Airport and new terminal building which will handle more aircraft (3 parking bays with class C-Type aircraft normally classified as Medium capacity single aisle jets) and passengers hold (300 per flight schedule) .
Thanks to Spicejet which connects Belagavi to Mumbai and Bengaluru daily with two flights, and will go up to four flights, two daily flights to Bengaluru, one each to Chennai and Mumbai from 3 Oct 2017.
In near future Indigo plans to Mumbai Belagavi Tirpuati; and Ghodawat group which has plans to start a new Airline Starair have got DGCA clearance to operate two Embreaer jets ERJ-145 (ERJ- Embreaer Regional Jet).
The best fact is it will be based and operated from Belagavi itself, they are eyeing on schedules for Delhi-Mumbai-Tirupati-Chennai, since tier II city Belagavi will give an cost advantage of night parking and MRO facilities in future.
The PAX load of Belagavi has tremendously increased in recent days, more airlines more competition leading to attractive pricing and more choice and mores facilities.
The global Aerospace company Aequs is also rapidly expanding with its defense manufacturing with lot of DRDO and its associated members flying in and out of Belagavi. Servo controls Aerospace also started its newly expanded facility of 12 acres, and the comment stands true by these entrepreneurs based out of Belagavi, ” You fly any aircraft today, it has got the part made in Belagavi”.
A lot of boost with location advantage of Belagavi being equidistant to Bengaluru Mumbai and Hyderabad with transit of any parts overnight by road and in an hours’ time by flight, will lead to generate more traffic and passengers in near future.
Naval plan of Base repair Depot is till on cards the north western part of Airport has a huge tract of land will have the facilities for Boeing P-8 poseidon resonance Aircraft.
Belagavi also is known for agriculture produce and is also rank high for horticulture export can utilize the old apron and tarmac for smaller cargo aircraft, this will uphold the interest of farmers and agriculturist, not forgetting their contribution in handing over land for expansion
Belagavi Airport being oldest in many way touched many lives of people here, defense, agriculture, academics and off-course not to miss politics too, besides had one of the few private aviation academies for pilot training with Cesna aircraft (Carvair) which moved to Baramati later.
We will get to see a lot more happening in skies of Belagavi soon wait to see and hear more signing off for now Satish Kumar.
About the Author: Satish Kumar is Sr. Systems Engineer working in Dubai and hails from Sambra and has done detailed study about Sambra Airport and its impact on Belagavi.