Friday, February 5, 2010

Belgaum Airport upgraded, but no air service

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).

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