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Kalaburagi(Gulbarga) Airport is a greenfield airport being built to serve Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) in Karnataka, India. The project site is 15 km East of the city on State Highway 10 (Sedam Road) near Srinivas Saradagi village. The Airport is being built by the Karnataka State Public Works Department (PWD) with technical assistance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).The Rs. 120 Crore project was initially scheduled be built under Public–private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Karnataka (GoK) However, due to delays in project execution, the contract was terminated in January 2015. In April 2017, the Kalaburagi Airport completed 25% of its 3260m x 60m runway development project. The project was originally planned for completion in Dec-2017 but has been delayed to Feb-2018 following the Karnataka State Government’s decision to cancel an MoU with Gulbarga Airport Developers Ltd.

Kalaburagi Airport will receive its first commercial service from April-2018. The airport’s current runway is extended from 1970m to 3260m
 

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Greenfield airport in Kalaburagi inaugurated

Kalaburagi airport inaugurated by Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

With Kalaburagi airport beginning its operations, North-east Karnataka region is set to have air connectivity to Bengaluru and the rest of India under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik)-Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).



Yediyurappa arrived from Bengaluru by Star airlines to Kalaburagi on the first flight which landed at around 1.45 pm. Express Photo



Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa inaugurated the newly-constructed Kalaburagi airport Friday which will now connect Bengaluru with the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Yediyurappa arrived from Bengaluru by Star airlines to Kalaburagi on the first flight which landed at around 1.45 pm. The 3.25 km runway laid at Kalaburagi Airport is the second-longest in Karnataka after Bengaluru Airport.

With Kalaburagi airport beginning its operations, northeast Karnataka region is set to have air connectivity to Bengaluru and the rest of India under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik)-Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

Speaking to media, Yediyurappa said, “The people of the Kalaburagi was waiting for this day for many years, now under the UDAN scheme the airport has become reality. We hope the industrialization in this region will have good growth because of the airport.”

The airport was constructed under public-private partnership at a cost of Rs 175.5 crore. In August 2018, a trial landing was successfully conducted on the Kalaburagi airport runway. On August 24, the Kalaburagi airport was formally handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for commercial operations under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme.

Earlier, the state government was trying to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the airport, even BS Yediyurappa tried to get Modi for the inauguration. “Yesterday(Thursday) I spoke to Modi about the inauguration of the airport, he was happy to know about the inauguration. Due to the busy schedule of Prime Minister, he is not able to attend the program,” added Yediyurappa.

The Karnataka government cleared the Kalaburagi greenfield airport project in March 2007. The work started on the public-private partnership by Gulbarga Airport Developers Limited (GADL), a consortium of Maytas Infra Ltd, NCC Infra Holdings & VIE India. The airport was scheduled to be completed in 2012.

After an investment of Rs 25 crore, Gulbarga Airport Developers Limited could not complete the work. The state government terminated the contract in 2014. The responsibility of completing the work was then entrusted to the State Public Works Department with technical guidance from RITES India Pvt Ltd.

Bengaluru-Kalaburagi flight schedule:

The Star Air Flight will depart from Bengaluru 12.20 PM and arrive at the Kalaburagi airport at 1.25 PM. on the return journey, the Star Air flight will depart from Kalaburagi at 1.55 PM and will arrive at Bengaluru at 3.00 PM. Flights will be available three days a week – Monday, Friday and Sunday.

Passengers will fly on Star Air’s 50-seater advanced aircraft, which have been manufactured by Embraer having 2 jet engines powered by Rolls Royce. Currently, the airline mainly operates flights on UDAN routes and provides services to seven Indian cities like Delhi-NCR (Hindon), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Hubballi, and Belagavi.

Source - Indian Express
 

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Satellite View of Kalaburagi Airport



^^pic1 Courtesy: Google Earth

pic1 kind of old though......



^^pic2 Courtesy: EOS Landviewer

The second pic gives kind of blurry but the most recent captued image (taken on mid december. The runway (second longest in Karnataka) is far clearly visible. could not maximize further due blurring.Hope you liked it .....

Please remove that U/C tag on the thread....

Last but not the least......


Alliance Air connecting Gulbarga with Bengaluru onwards to Mysuru begin from 27th December 2019

Read at : https://orissadiary.com/alliance-ai...ards-to-mysuru-begin-from-27th-december-2019/
 

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UPDATED KALABURAGI AIRPORT IMAGERY ON GOOGLE EARTH PRO
Here are some of the latest imagery of the airport updated by google earth

The Airport Area
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Terminal Complex, Apron and Runway 09
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Terminal Building and Apron maximised View
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😁😁😁 Yaay!!!! Star Air is commencing non-stop flight operations between Kalaburagi & Delhi (Hindon) on a tri-weekly basis from 18th November 2020 onwards. With this Kalaburagi becomes the 4th city in Karnataka after Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Hubballi to have a non-stop flight to Delhi.
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Also Star Air has planned to operate special flights on Kalaburagi - Mumbai route on 11th & 17th November 2020.
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Mods, can you remove the "U/C" from the thread title? Thanks.
 
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