A high-level Environment Ministry panel has accorded green signal to the development of no-frill airports at Belagavi.
The AAI approached the Environment Ministry to upgrade and modernise the existing Belagavi airport to facilitate operations of atleast four flights of A-321 aircrafts per day. Currently, it handles ATR-72 aircraft only.
The area of the existing airport is 360.34 acres and additional land having 370 acres area has been provided for the expansion phase by the state government. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 293.35 crore.
The airport will be developed for safe operation of A-321 aircraft by development of a new runway and a terminal building to handle 200 peak hour passengers, apron, air traffic controller, runway end safety, apron, isolation bay, fire fighting equipments, rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment plant etc.
The airport is currently handling 13,778 passengers annually which is expected to increase to 92,590 by 2022-23.