The new Kalaburagi Airport built under the Indian government’s UDAN – Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) has been inaugurated in Karnataka.

Located 13.8km from Kalaburagi City, the airport was developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 176 crores and is spread across 742 acres.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation took the decision to develop the new airport, saying it will: “pave the way for direct connectivity to North Karnataka with state headquarters and other commercial centres.”Pilots welcomed by Deputy Commissioner at Kalaburagi Airport

The airport will also act as a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, SharanaBasaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and, Gulbarga Fort.

The airport has already celebrated its first flight to Kempegowda International Airport and will see three flights per week.

With the inauguration of the Kalaburagi Airport in Karnataka, the government has suggested locals can reach Bengaluru and other parts of the country more easily.

The UDAN scheme aims to improve the regional connectivity of India’s aviation market and so far under the programme, 230 routes and 42 airports have been operationalised.

Kalaburagi District, Government of Karnataka, Trial landing on runway at Kalaburagi Airport

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