Hubballi Airport’s New terminal which was inaugurated by then Union Minister of Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on 12th December 2017 is celebrating its 6th anniversary today.
Since then, the Hubballi airport has served more than 1.8 Million passengers. The airport serves as a gateway to North Karnataka from different parts of the country.
3,41,898 passengers travelled through Hubballi Airport in the year 2018. As many as 5,07,755 passengers travelled through Hubballi Airport in 2019 when the airport was under Udan-2.
1,55,914 passengers in 2020; 2,12,909 passengers in 2021; 2,74,419 passengers in 2022 and 3,03,611 passengers have travelled through Hubballi Airport in 2023 (till October 2023).
History of the New Terminal: The government of Karnataka signed a MoU with the Airport Authority of India in January 2013 to develop the airport on 615 acres of Land.
The old terminal could only handle Code A/B aircraft. The new terminal covers an area of 3,600 Sq.m. It is designed to handle 300 peak-hour passengers (150 Arrivals + 150 Departures).
Another feather in the cap of the Hubballi Airport is the dedicated Cargo handling space. Hubballi Airport is the only airport in North Karnataka to have a dedicated Cargo terminal.
As of now, IndiGo operates direct flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Delhi and Mumbai flights are operated by 186-seater Airbus A320 aircraft.
Expansion and Modernization of the Terminal: Another good thing to note is that Hubballi Airport will be remodelled into a World-class airport in the next 2-3 years.
Hubballi will have an international standard airport 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. The apron will be able to handle 6 Code C aircraft at once. The new terminal will have 4 Aerobridges.
Read more about Hubballi Airport’s New terminal: Hubballi Airport to get an International Standard terminal soon.