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Belgaum city has an airport loacted 13 km from the city center.Belgaum airport is also used by the airforce for training their airmen(Surya Kirans and few fighter jets); airforce have their base/station at sambra. The airport in recent times has seen erratic air schedule all attributed to the rise of its sister city Hubli. Sambra Airport has night landing facilities.

AAI not being apprehensive of such events decided to upgrade the terminal building and extend the apron and runway.

A google earth image of the majestic airport of the city of belgaum....Image is pretty old.....



The entrance to the airport



The road leading to the airport



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Airport expansion in full swing

February 15th, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Feb. 14: Work on expansion of the Belgaum airport which had headed into rough weather due to trouble over land acquisition, has picked up pace over the last few months.

The government has been able to acquire all the 298 acres around the airport required to upgrade it and is ready to hand them over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). According to revenue minister Karunakar Reddy who was at the Belgaum airport on Friday, an additional 71 acres would be acquired for the expansion. ``We have already issued notices to owners of the additional land identified around Belgaum airport for acquisition, who will be paid Rs 13.5 lakh per acre,” he said.

Many people of Sambra had threatened to commit suicide in protest over the government acquiring their properties for the airport arguing that they would lose their livelihoods as their families had cultivated the fertile lands for many decades.

However, the government managed to pacify them by paying them huge compensation.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/bengaluru/airport-expansion-full-swing-354
 

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though bad news AAI is bold enough to carry on the envisaged project

No takers for Belgaum airport

June 20th, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Belgaum. June 19: While the government is going ahead with its plans to upgrade the Belgaum airport, no airline is willing to operate flights from it for want of passengers. Air Deccan stopped its flight between Belgaum and Bengaluru recently and Kingfisher withdrew its flight between the two cities Tuesday last.

Air Deccan had served the area for many years and had even introduced a flight between Belgaum and Mumbai. People were banking on Kingfisher, after it withdrew its services. But Kingfisher's decision to also suspend its services has come as a bolt from the blue for businessmen and industrialists in the region who now have no way of flying out of the city. Kingfisher charged about Rs 4500 for a ticket to Bengaluru from Belgaum on its 35-seater plane, which would fly via Hubli.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) seems blissfully unaware of the situation and is carrying on with its plans to upgrade the airport. The state government has already acquired land, some of which is fertile, around Sambra village to expand the airport. “We are waiting for the AAI to take over the work of developing the required facilities. The upgradation of the airport will begin soon,” airport sources said. The tarmac will be lengthened and a bigger terminal and other facilities are on the cards in the next few years.

People in Belgaum, however accuse the government of giving more prominence to Hubli and sidelining Belgaum, al-though it is a divisional headquarters with seven districts in its jurisdiction. “Once the Belgaum airport was the only airport in north Karnataka which catered to the needs of the people who wanted to fly from here to Mumbai and Bengaluru. With the abrupt suspension, those who relied on the only Kingfisher flight, will now have to take the flight from Hubli,” said Deepak Patil, a local businessman.

“The government has to persuade airlines to resume their flights from Belgaum airport as the city is seen as the second capital of Karnataka.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/bengaluru/no-takers-belgaum-airport-154
 

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belgaum airport

Airport is just a cow shed......

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Naval Air base at Belgaum

Posted on 17 July 2009
Source: Prahaar – Prakash Bilgoji

Belgaum is home to the MLIRC and the Air force, third part of the Indian Army the Navy is now getting itself geared up to build a Naval Airbase and stock depot at Belgaum.

The Navy from its Goa head quarters has sent a letter to the district administration on June 17 asking for acquiring of 420 acres of land near the Sambra airport. The project will commence once they get a clearance from the central government.

The naval air base in Goa has weather problems which cause delay in landing and takeoff and as Belgaum is near and already has an established air base with airmen and also a regimental centre, Belgaum was the best choice.

In the letter to the Belgaum district administration the Navy has asked the authorities to prepare the complete estimate of cost of land and any other costs and submit the same.

MIG-29 planes cannot land on the Goa naval base hence Belgaum strip will be used, PRO Navy said.
 

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some tenders I found on AAI website

Regarding ILS at Sambra airport,Belgaum

http://www.aai.aero/tenders/w_bel_installation_of_ILS.jsp

AAI/Goa /Engg(C)/Blg-ILS/09-10 Date: 01.09.09
TENDER NOTICE

1. Sealed item rate tenders are invited by Sr. Mgr (Civil)-I, AAI, Goa on behalf of Chairman, Airports Authority of India from enlisted contractors of appropriate class of CPWD / MES / P & T / Railways/ state PWD/PSU’s/ Specialized agency in the similar nature of work for the work of Installation of ILS at Belgaum Airport. (CIVIL WORKS) for an estimated cost of Rs. 382.27 lacs. Time allowed 04 (Four) Months. Tenders will be issued from 30.09.09 to 01.10.09 and received on 15.10.09 upto 1500 hrs & opened on the same date at 1530 hrs. The scope of work includes civil works.
2. Tender form will be issued to only those Contractors who will produce certificate from clients of having satisfactorily completed (# Phase / Part completion of the scope of the work in a Contract shall not be considered ) at least three works, each of Rs. 152.91 lacs or two works of Rs. 191.14 lacs or one work of Rs. 305.82 lacs of similar nature of work during the last seven years ending on 31.08.09 (Firms showing work experience certificate from Non Government / Non PSU organizations should submit ‘Tax deduction at source certificate’ in support of their claim for having experience of stipulated value of works) produce proof annualized average financial turnover of Rs. 114.68 lacs during the last three years ending 31stMarch, of previous financial year.
3. Application for issue of tender document shall be submitted upto 15.09.09 on all working days along with tender fees of Rs. 563.00 (i/c 12.5% towards VAT) Non Refundable in the form of Demand Draft of Nationalized Bank / Scheduled Bank in favour of Airports Authority of India payable at Mumbai. The application for the above work shall be supported with attested copies of valid registration, Permanent Account Number (PAN), and Client certificate for experience indicating date of completion as per agreement and actual date of completion of work. The financial turnover should be supported with annual report (abridge balance sheet and profit & loss account) and documentary proof of owning, leasing and possessing required machinery and T & P shall be submitted.
4. Purchase preference to Central Public sector undertaking shall be applicable as per the directives of Govt. of India prevalent on the date of acceptance.
5. Those firm which did not submit ESI registration certificate and provident fund account code no. with Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (RPFC) with the application or at the time of tender submission shall be required to submit it within 15 days of award of work, failing which no payment shall be released to the firm against the work done till submission of the ESI registration certificate.
6. AAI reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications without assigning any reasons.
7. AAI reserves the right to disallow issue of tender documents to working agencies whose performance at ongoing project(s) is below par or unusually poor.
8. Contractors requesting for tender documents by post shall mention the same in application itself. AAI shall not be responsible for delay / loss of documents.
9. If at any stage, any information/documents submitted by the applicant is found to be false, the agency shall be liable for debarment from tendering in AAI, apart from any other appropriate/legal action.

Sr. Manager (E-C)-I
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‘Flights from Belgaum airport will resume soon’

Belgaum (Karnataka), Nov 14 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel Saturday said flights will resume operations from the Sambra airport here in three months.

At present, no airline is operating from the airport, some 500 km from the Bengaluru greenfield airport, because of low load factor.

“I got complaints that the flights used to operate from here have all stopped services. But within three months, we will see Belgaum is again connected to air services,” the minister said at the launch of an aerospace precision engineering special economic zone.

Kingfisher Airlines, the only carrier that was operating from the Sambra airport, stopped its services June 17 this year citing low load factor.

This was despite the fact that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is currently upgrading the Belgaum airport.

It is one of the 35 non-metro airports being modernised by AAI at an investment of Rs.12,434 crore.

Airport officials here said land acquisition for developing airport infrastructure has been completed.

However, farmers in the region complain that their fertile land was acquired for the modernisation project.

“Hasn’t the Airports Authority looked into the feasibility before developing the airport here?” asked Jagdish Shetty, a resident of Belgaum.

He asked why the authorities acquired land for an airport where no flight operation is taking place.

Besides Belgaum, four new greenfield airports are also coming up in the state — Gulbarga, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga.
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Krishnamoorthy, Belgaum and Hubli are just 80 km apart and both are being expanded for A320 type aircrafts with new terminal
 

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Airport upgraded, but no air service

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Lying idle: The main entrance of the upgraded airport at Sambra in Belgaum.

Belgaum: The Union Government, particularly the Ministry of Civil Aviation, will be requested to restore air services at Belgaum airport at the earliest, said Suresh C. Angadi, MP.

He was talking to presspersons after inspecting the works at the airport at Sambra here on Thursday.

The airport has been upgraded and equipped with better facilities at a cost of Rs. 3.57 crore recently. The upgraded airport now has its own ATC (Air Traffic Control) room and facilitates landing/take off during night hours too. Close Circuit Television and parking facility for 50 vehicles has also been provided.

It may recalled here that air services connecting Belgaum with Bangalore and Mumbai were stopped about an year ago for to want of adequate passenger traffic. However, in view of the fresh demand for restoration of services, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation (independent charge) Praful Patel, during his last visit to the city on November 14 last had assured to restore air services in three months.

Mr. Angadi said he would take up the matter with the Centre and try his best to have air services, initially from Belgaum to Bangalore and Mumbai without further delay.

He said 370 acres of land adjoining the airport has been acquired to extend the length of existing runway (537 metres).

The Hindu



When will the planned new terminal come up??Also runway is yet to be extended.
 

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Most disgusting terminal I have ever seen??WTF
I bet new airports in North karnataka at shimoga,bijapur,gulbaraga would be better than this crap.:eek:hno:
 

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MoU to be inked for Belgaum airport expansion

TNN, 5 February 2010, 10:13pm IST

BELGAUM: MP Suresh Angadi has said that Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the state government would soon sign a memorandum of understanding for the expansion of Belgaum airport.

Speaking to reporters at Sambra airport on Thursday, he said the government had acquired 298 acres of the 370 acres required for airport expansion and is ready to hand over the same to AAI.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has promised water, electricity and security for the airport, which were the conditions put by the AAI to sign the MoU, the MP said, adding he will soon talk with civil aviation minister Praful Patel on resuming air services at the Belgaum airport.

CHANGES IN TERMINAL BUILDING

The work on the modification of the existing airport terminal building, taken up at a cost of Rs 3.57 crore, is nearing completion. Angadi visited the spot and reviewed the progress of the work.

The terminal will have an air-conditioned security zone, three check-in counters with feeder conveyor, spacious arrival hall with conveyors, VIP room, space for four airline offices, surveillance CCTV/ security control room and a parking facility for 50 cars.

Airport controller Pandain said the night-landing facility will be commissioned after assessing the safety aspects. Belgaum MP Suresh Angadi visited Sambra airport on Thursday to inspect the renovation work on terminal building
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Mysore, Belgaum on Kingfisher flight path

B S Arun, NEW DELHI, Aug 9, DHNS:

The newly built airport in Mysore, along with Belgaum, will after all have flights landing and taking off from their runways. Kingfisher Red will operate to these destinations shortly, airline boss Vijay Mallya said here on Monday.

Mallya told Deccan Herald that his carrier has finalised plans to fly Bangalore-Mysore-Chennai and Bangalore-Belgaum-Mumbai. “We have applied for necessary clearances and expect the green signal from the authorities anytime now,” he said.
He agreed that the concessions announced by the state government would indeed be key factors for his airline to launch services for these destinations.

The Rajya Sabha member said his executives were in discussion with the State Government. The beer and airline baron said Kingfisher would deploy the 55-seat ATR on these routes.

At the time of the opening of the Rs 82-crore Mysore airport in May this year, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had announced a subsidy of Rs 25 crore to facilitate flight operations. On the concessions, Mallya did not say in what form the subsidy would be made available to his airline by the government—whether by way of 50 per cent reduction in sales tax or in some other form.

Kingfisher is the first airline to evince interest and make concrete plans to launch operations in Mysore and Belgaum. Other airline services have backed off citing poor passenger load for these two towns.

Kingfisher Red, which was earlier flying to Belgaum from Bangalore, suspended its operations over a year ago. Mallya disclosed that along with these two cities his airline would launch operations between Bangalore and Pondicherry.

For the first time after its launch, Kingifsher Airlines posted an operating profit of Rs 127 crore in the first quarter of 2010-11.
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Good news is here, AAB had reported earlier that Kingfisher airlines might start operations from Belgaum from October end

Source AAB:

Good news is here, AAB had reported earlier that Kingfisher airlines might start operations from Belgaum from October end.

Yesterday a team of officials from the Kingfisher team were at the Sambra Airport for inspection of the services available there so that flights could be resumed.

No flights have taken off from here since 17 June 2009.

The KF officials denied giving any clear date of launch of the services but said that they were quite happy with the new terminal building and once they get the requisite clearances they would start the operations.

Sources also told the blog that, by October 31, flights might take off (if all goes well) and will fly on the Bangalore and Mumbai sector
 

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Kingfisher may fly from Belgaum next month

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Hubli, Nov. 26
Kingfisher Airlines is likely to commence flights from Belgaum city in December.

An assurance to this effect was given to a trade delegation led by Mr Jaideep Siddannavar, president, Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries, when it met Union Civil Aviation Minister Mr Praful Patel and Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Mr Vijay Mallya in New Delhi.

The Chamber had approached both the Central and State governments for early resumption of flights from Sambra airport in Belgaum.

According to Mr Siddannavar, Mr Mallya has promised to introduce commercial flights from December 15. Kingfisher Airlines plans to connect Belgaum to Bangalore, Mumbai and Mysore.

Mr Basavaraj S. Javali, vice-president of the Chamber, said the trade delegation from Belgaum met Union Minister of State for Finance Mr Palani Manikkam in New Delhi and submitted a pre-budget memorandum. Later, it met Union Labour Minister Mr Mallikarjun Kharge and briefed him on the problems faced by traders and industrialists in Belgaum. The team also discussed issues relating to ESI and PPF.

The delegation met Union Commerce Minister Mr Anand Sharma, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Mr Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Mr Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Union Railway Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee.
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Kingfisher Airlines launches 5 New Flights

India Infoline News Service / 17:31 , Dec 27, 2010
The launch of flights to Jabalpur and Indore will mean that guests from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Chennai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad will now get very good connections to Jabalpur and Indore via Mumbai.

Kingfisher Airlines has announced the launch of five new flights on its domestic route network.



The new flights to be introduced are:

Mumbai – Jabalpur

Jabalpur – Indore

Indore – Mumbai

Mumbai – Belgaum

Belgaum – Mumbai



Commenting on the launch of these new routes, Mr Manoj Chacko, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, "I'm delighted to announce the launch of the third wave of new flights in our winter schedule. Kingfisher Airlines is the first and only airline, to offer connectivity to both Jabalpur and Belgaum from Mumbai. These flights are open for sale from today. The flights to Belgaum will commence from January 10, 2011 while the flights from Mumbai to Jabalpur and Indore will commence from January 24, 2011. The new flights will offer excellent connections between important cities of India and key metropolitan cities and will further expand the reach of our strong domestic network.”



With the launch of the flights to Belgaum, guests travelling from New Delhi, Hyderabad & Chennai will get convenient connections to Belgaum via Mumbai while guests flying from Belgaum to Mumbai will get easy onward connections to New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Besides this, guests travelling from Belgaum to Mumbai will now have good connectivity with the Kingfisher Airlines flight from Mumbai to Dubai while international guests coming in from London Heathrow and Bangkok will now have a good connecting option to travel onwards from Mumbai to Belgaum.



The launch of flights to Jabalpur and Indore will mean that guests from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Chennai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad will now get very good connections to Jabalpur and Indore via Mumbai. Similarly guests from Jabalpur and Indore flying in to Mumbai will have convenient connecting options for onward travel to Hubli, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.



Kingfisher Airlines caters to all segments of air travel ranging from the low fare service – Kingfisher Red, to the premium economy service – Kingfisher Class, to the luxurious Kingfisher First. As India's market leading airline, Kingfisher Airlines offer the maximum number of flights offered by any single airline network in India. Kingfisher Airlines today flies to 59 cities in India and 8 international destinations and has over 360 daily departures with a fleet of 66 aircraft.
 

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Kingfisher to launch Mumbai to Belgaum flight from Jan 10
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Hubli, Dec. 28

Kingfisher Airlines is to launch Mumbai-Belgaum daily flight operations from January 10. The airline is also introducing new flights from Mumbai to Jabalpur and Indore.

The airline is to offer its premium economy service — Kingfisher Red and is expected to operate its ATR fleet. The Mumbai-Belgaum fare is priced at Rs 3,999 for one way.

Mumbai-Belgaum flight (IT-4131) will depart from Mumbai at 1.20 p.m. and arrive at Belgaum at 2.40 p.m. Belgaum-Mumbai flight (IT-4132) will depart from Belgaum at 3.10 p.m. and arrive at Mumbai at 4.30 p.m.


“These flight tickets are open for sale from today (December 27). The flights to Belgaum will commence from January 10 while the flights from Mumbai to Jabalpur and Indore will commence from January 24,” said Mr Manoj Chacko, Executive Vice-President - Commercial, Kingfisher Airlines,in a release.

“With the launch of the flights to Belgaum, person travelling from New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai will get convenient connections to Belgaum via Mumbai while those flying from Belgaum to Mumbai will get easy onward connections to New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad,” he added.

“Besides this, person travelling from Belgaum to Mumbai will now have good connectivity with the Kingfisher Airlines flight from Mumbai to Dubai while international guests coming in from London Heathrow and Bangkok will now have a good connecting option to travel onwards from Mumbai to Belgaum,” he further added.

Currently, Kingfisher Airlines is operating from three airports in Karnataka — Bangalore, Mysore, and Hubli. Operations from Belgaum will be its fourth.

BCCI demand

The Mumbai-Belgaum and Belgaum-Bangalore flight operations had been the long standing demand of the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI).

“The Mumbai-Belgaum flight has come as a surprise to us. We were expecting Bangalore-Belgaum-Mumbai operations,” said Mr Jaideep Siddannavar, President, Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI).

It may be recalled that a trade delegation of BCCI had met Kingfisher Airlines' Chairman, Mr Vijay Mallya, in New Delhi and had urged him to commence flight operations from Belgaum city.

Assurance to this effect was also given by the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel.
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Report has missed Mangalore :nuts: It wil be knigfisher's fifth
 

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Kingfisher to resume flights from Mumbai to Belgaum

January 2nd, 2011
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Jan. 1: Kingfisher Airlines has decided to resume air service to Belgaum from Mumbai, after a two-year long suspension of flights between the two cities. According to sources, the airlines will operate Mumbai-Belgaum and Belgaum-Mumbai flights everyday starting from January 10. A decision on when to introduce Bengaluru-Belgaum flights is yet to be taken by the airlines company.

People of Belgaum and its surrounding region are increasingly dependent on Mumbai, for business and industry. Recently, a delegation of industrialists and businessmen, under the leadership of MPs from Belgaum, met Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel, demanding the immediate resumption of flights from Belgaum to Bengaluru and Mumbai.

“Kingfisher Airlines, which had decided to start flights from Bengaluru and Mumbai to Belgaum by December 15, had to postpone them due to some reasons. The Mumbai-Belgaum flight will leave Mumbai at 1.20 pm, and arrive at 2.40 pm in Belgaum. The return flight will leave Belgaum at 3.20 pm, and reach Mumbai at 4.30 pm,'' sources said. The timing of the flights has been scheduled, based on the convenience of people and industrialists in Belgaum.

A large number of industries in Belgaum district depend on the Mumbai market for raw materials. They are finding it difficult to run their businesses effectively, ever since the flights were suspended about two years ago. “For the last two years, we had either to take the Mumbai flights from Kolhapur or Goa, or travel by bus or train. The introduction of flights to Mumbai will give a boost to industrial development on the state’s border,” said industrialist Sandeep Patil.

Sources said that Kingfisher Airlines was awaiting approval to start flights to Belgaum, from both the Chennai and Mumbai sectors. However, only Belgaum-Mumbai flights are being introduced following the approval given by the Mumbai sector. “The flights to Belgaum from Bangalore will fly only after the Chennai sector gives its clearance. The Chennai sector is in the process of giving clearance, and within some days the Bangalore-Belgaum flights would start,'' sources said.

The state government has provided the needed infrastructure at Belgaum airport, as demanded by the airlines. The up-gradation of the airport is about to be completed, which will allow for the landing of bigger planes as well. According to MP Suresh Angadi, the airport is equipped with all the facilities needed to land any aircraft.
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So Belgaum-Mumbai Direct service

Next,

Belgaum -Bangalore

That would be awesome :)
 
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