Karnataka government aids small airports

Regional Connectivity Scheme expands wings down south


September 21, 2017

/ By / New Delhi

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Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), Karnataka government is upgrading its small airports.

In order to improve the airport infrastructure in tier-II and tier-III cities in the south Indian state of Karnataka, and to promote regional air connectivity, the state government in Bengaluru – a city in Karnataka has budgeted close to INR 900 million, infrastructure minister, RV Deshpande said.

The government in Karnataka recently launched the state’s first regional air service, connecting Mysuru to Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai.

After the Chennai-Mysuru-Chennai route, Hyderabad the capital of the south Indian state of Telangana and Ballari, a city in Karnataka will be the next regional route that will soon get operational.

The state government of Karnataka is also aiding the local governments of Hubballi, Belagavi, Mangaluru and Bidar, while developing airstrips at Chikkamagaluru, Madikeri and Karwar is already an ongoing undertaking.

The land acquisition for airstrips at Chikkamagaluru is done while the process of identifying amicable space for the airstrips at Madikeri and Kumta is underway. Both, Madikeri and Kumta are small towns in Karnataka, that remained relatively less traversed.

Airports at Mysuru, Bidar, Bengaluru, Vidyanagar (Ballari) were selected under the government’s RCS scheme. “For the development of these airports and for the commencement of airline operations, our government is providing complete cooperation and support,” Deshpande added.

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