Belgaum: The Centre has cleared upgrading of the Belgaum airport and sanctioned Rs 293 crore for the long pending project that is expected to help both industrialists and businessmen of the area who have been demanding more flights to Bengaluru and other cities.
The airport authorities have received permission to raise its fence wall and call for tenders for extending the runway, taxi-way and developing other facilities.
A new passenger terminal has been designed and tenders have been called for appointment of consultants , according to sources. Most of the preliminary work for the upgradation has been completed.
The expansion is expected to open the door for more flights from the airport where Spicejet currently operates only one flight between Belgaum and Bengaluru every day.
The new flights could include a flight from Belgaum to Mumbai via Goa. Belgaum MPs, Suresh Angadi, Ramesh Katti and Prabhakar Kore recently met Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to ask for upgradation of the airport considering the many industries that have been established in the region in recent years.
They pointed out that owing to lack of flights from Belgaum, people were depending on Hubli airport.