There is some good news for the people of Hubballi Dharwad! Hubballi Airport will be remodelled into a World-class terminal in the next 2-3 years.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) has called Tenders for the Construction of New Terminal building and Miscellaneous infrastructure improvement works at Hubballi Airport.
Hubballi Airport will have an International standard terminal capable of handling 2400 peak-hour passengers (1200 Arrivals + 1200 Departures) with a total built-up area of 20,000 sq.m.
The total cost of the project is likely to be ₹260.23 Crores (excluding GST). The total cost includes Capital construction costs at ₹210.79 Crores and O&M and repair costs at ₹49.44 Crores.
The apron at the Hubballi Airport will also be expanded to accommodate 6 Code C type aircraft (Boeing 737/Airbus A320) and has provision to park 3 Code C type aircraft.
Among these, 4 parking bays in the Apron area will be directly connected with the Departure gates in the new terminal via Aerobridges helping passengers to board/deboard easily.
The existing apron will also be extended towards the City side (Runway 26 side). As per the tender, there is also a provision to construct a parallel taxiway to the existing runway.
The terminal will be equipped with 4 Aerobridges, making it the first airport in North Karnataka to have Aerobridges. The expansion may also facilitate the operation of International flights.
Features of the Hubballi Airport New Terminal, Ground Level: Ground level includes Security hold area, Check-in area, In-line baggage, Counters for Retail shops and Food & Beverages (F&B). Landscaping has been included in suitable areas.
First floor: The first floor is at +7.075m level. It includes a Security hold area, Air Side Corridor, Retail shop, Smoking Room, Prayer Room, Restaurant, Green courtyard, Toilet etc. Passengers can reach this level through Escalators/Lifts from the Ground Level.
The new terminal will have a provision to park 500 numbers of private cars (including 8 numbers for Persons with Reduced mobility), 10 Bus bays, 100 numbers of Taxi, and 100 numbers for staff.
Apart from the improvements mentioned above, Hubballi Airport will also undergo certain infrastructure improvements. They are as specified below.
Departures: The check-in hall passenger screening & security hold areas (SHA), retail/ concession areas and other passenger facilities at the Ground floor level and provision of PBB/Aerobridge at first-floor level.
Arrivals: The Passenger enters the terminal through Aerobridge/Ground Floor, baggage handling system, and concourse with other required passenger facilities at ground level.
Contact stands: A single-sided double-height pier is planned providing access to Code C stands. Access to air bridges is via ramps at each gate position down from the departure level to the fixed link bridge level.
Remote boarding: Bussing gates/lounges are provided at apron level at the end of each pier, reached directly from the departure level via escalators.
Baggage handling: All baggage handling is provided on the ground floor for departing and arriving bags, together with hold bag screening (HBS).
Service access: A dedicated service block is proposed having services i.e. Electric substation, AC Plant, Pump room, UG Sump and Public Toilets, Canteen etc.
At present, the terminal of Hubli Airport spread across 3,600 Square Meters can handle 300 peak-hour passengers (150 Arrivals + 150 Departures).
As per the tender released by AAI, the project has to be completed in 24 months i.e. 730 days (including the monsoon period of 120 days). The firm will maintain the airport for 5 years (2555 days).