Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Growth in non-scheduled movement of charter planes at Belagavi airport

Bellagavi: Despite less than expected pace of growth in the domestic sector, Belagavi airport has witnessed commendable growth in flight movement of non-scheduled small-size charter planes.

A “B” category airport, it is maintained by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is perhaps third only to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Mangaluru International Airport to record highest number of such schedules in the State. The year 2016 (from January 1 to December 31) witnessed as many as 60 private airlines/operators landing/taking off from Belagavi airport. A total of 217 arrivals and 219 departures (totally 436) wherein a total of 648 passengers from different parts of the country and abroad, State and Central government services, defence, and political parties embarked and disembarked from these non-scheduled planes here during the same period.

These movements, essentially by smaller aircrafts owned by private airlines/operators, recorded a growth of at least 30% over the preceding year 2015.

However, a comparative analysis was yet to be made, Vinay Arora, Air Traffic Controller In-Charge with responsibilities of Chief Security Officer, Fire In-Charge, Public Grievance Officer and other duties as assigned by AAI told The Hindu here on Tuesday.
22/03/17 Vijaykumar Patil/The Hindu