Kalaburagi: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shobha Karandlaje, expressed the Union Government’s dedication to initiating flights and stated that discussions with Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jyotiraditya, will occur shortly.
Dr. Sadananda Pelar, President of the Dakshina Kannada Sangha in Kalaburagi, conveyed their efforts to promptly commence civil aviation from Kalaburagi to Mangaluru via Bengaluru in a meeting at the Kalaburagi airport. He mentioned that Kalaburagi airport’s night landing capability enables discussions with private airlines and the Civil Aviation Department in the coming days for immediate steps towards this air travel connection.
Flights between Mangaluru and Hubballi had previously commenced but were discontinued due to insufficient passenger numbers. Nonetheless, initiating flights from Kalaburagi to Mangalore via Bengaluru could potentially bolster passenger numbers, especially among pilgrims. It is anticipated that such flights would be advantageous because a growing number of individuals from the region are traveling to educational institutions, religious sites, and tourist destinations along the coastal areas.
Minister Shobha Karandlaje engaged in discussions with Airport Director Mahesh Chilka to explore the potential opportunities. She promptly directed the director to draft a proposal for submission to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and requested a copy of the proposal. Mahesh Chilka provided Minister Shobha Karandlaje with a letter outlining the airport’s facilities and potential. He also highlighted that the Kalaburagi airport is now fully equipped to cater to the needs of the local population, with the implementation of modern technology systems and the addition of night landing capabilities.