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Renovated Belagavi airport starts operation

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Renovated Belagavi airportThe upgraded Belagavi airport with extended runway and a new terminal building was inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju along with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here in Belagavi recently.

The Belagavi airport was upgraded with an investment of Rs 120 crore and time took for the upgradation was two and a half years. The airport will add more flights from the current two daily services being operated by SpiceJet to Bengaluru and Mumbai, according to Rajesh Kumar Maurya, airport director.

The airport has a total area of 3,600 sq. m and has an apron that can accommodate three large aeroplanes. It has six check-in counters and can handle 300 passengers an hour. There are two conveyor belts, one reserved lounge and an elevator. There is space for parking of 230 cars.

The State government handed over 370 acres to the Airports Authority of India for free and bore the acquisition cost. The new runway is 2,300 metres long. In 2016, the Belagavi airport handled 98,574 passengers, according to the airport official.

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