The absence of a taxi service at the airport here remains a major irritant for passengers arriving here. Although the airport has witnessed major developments over the two years in terms of infrastructure, passenger and air traffic, it lacks a taxi service.
Passengers raising complaints often about lack of cab & Bus services for Belagavi Airport from City and From Airport to the city. Currently Belagavi city has cab services like Ola, Savaari etc which are offering only city rides and Outstations but no company is offering Airport service.
Airport is situated at about 10 km distance from City centre. Passengers from Belagavi especially from South region facing problems to reach Airport. Autorickshaws deny to Drop till Airport Seeking that there is no guarantee that they get Passenger while returning. Also Majority of the travellers do not prefer autos rikshaws due to its high charges and are not baggage friendly.
Nwkrtc had started its only Vajra Ac fly bus service in 2019 from City to Airport & Airport to City as per flight schedule, which was operated for few months and later in 2020 it was discontinued due to Covid situation.
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Number of flights movement at Belagavi Airport is about 25-30 everyday. And Daily there is Passenger footfall of about 1300-1500 on an average. The Flight movements happen between morning 8am till night 7pm or 8pm.
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“There No is Cab and Bus services from Airport to City, we are forced to use only autos who are charging very high and Not Running as per autometer charges fixed by transport department. If we have to board any buses or Private vehicles, we have to walk till entrance (State Highway). I request Ola Cabs to set up counters outside the terminals” Said Kiran Jakkannavar, Traveller.
Airport Director RajeshKumar Mourya said, “We are planning to have operators who will provide a car rental service. A meeting will called soon to identify an operator. Also we are requesting Nwkrtc to start fly buses as per flight timings.”
Hopefully Airport authorities arrange meeting with Nwkrtc and Cabs owners meeting regarding same.