The Kalaburagi Airport has witnessed thrice the number of passengers this month when compared to December 2019.
However, the air traffic at domestic airports of the nation has massively declined.
It recorded a sudden hike of 336 percent to 7,170 in the number of passengers as against last year.
This was in sync with aircraft movement that soared 323 percent to 136.
Number of operated flights has also increased from 34 to 124 in the same period.
Moreover, Kalaburagi has potential as it’s situated at a geographically strategic location.
According to data from Airports Authority, Kalaburagi handled 4,435 passengers with 94 flights a month before the lock down.
Having longest runway after Bengaluru International Airport, Kalaburagi Airport is also capable to operate international flights.
Also, government should allow night landing here to boost the flight services.
It is one among the fast growing airports in India and the fastest growing airport among tier-2 cities of Karnataka.
Air India subsidiary Alliance Air and Star Air are among the two airlines that operate from the Kalaburagi airport.
Currently, the daily Bengaluru-Kalaburagi flight has 80 percent occupancy, much higher than the airline’s average load factor.
After SpiceJet, Star Air has the second highest load factor among Indian airlines.
It is essential for the government to support through the regional connectivity scheme UDAN. Under UDAN, government gives airlines subsidies per seat.
Kalaburagi is capable of becoming as big a destination like Hubballi and Belgavi. They also started off with just one flight a day before making it big in terms of air traffic.
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