With the introduction of the Flight to Mumbai and an additional flight to Bengaluru from June 20, the total number of flights from Belagavi will reach to 8 flights a day to 5 destinations namely Bengaluru (4), Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Pune.
Now the AAI and the NWKRTC must think of starting shuttle bus services to Airport from the city.
In 2017 the NWKRTC had commenced such a service in 2017 but had to shut operations with no takers and also reduced flights. Then it was Peeranwadi to Sambra Airport via Udyambag, Railway Station, Rani Chennama Circle and it made 8 trips in a day and the timings were matched according to the arrival and departure of the flights.
Now with 6 flights a day, the NWKRTC must think to deploy buses may be new AC Buses on this Airport Shuttle route which will also help in increasing the travelers as most of them have issues to reach the Airport as only a private taxi is the only source.
In order to increase competition and bring down transport prices, Airports Authority of India is likely to operationalize a rent-a-cab counter at Goa International Airport next month. Belagavi airport must also provide such facilities. The moves are part of an effort by AAI to provide air passengers with cheaper and multiple options for transport once they exit the airport.
It would be very beneficial for the travelers if they can get cheaper options to reach the airport as of now it would roughly cost Rs.500+ for a taxi for a drop to the airport.
There is another line of thought which says when the travelers spent so much to travel by Air why can’t he or shell out for a taxi or an Auto. But when you want the aam Nagrik to fly arrangements for him are important.
We do have the OLA service but it is very limited and as there are bus services in Bengaluru, we should also have one which will help more Aam Nagrik to take their UDAN.