Flights from Belagavi to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune etc. have been suspended. It is not reasonable for airlines to stop flying even if they are running profitably. Action should be taken to restart all the earlier flights to avoid the inconvenience to the passengers,’ Wrote Dr. Prabhakar Kore Chairman, KLE Society, Belagavi in a letter to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.
In a letter, Dr. Kore has mentioned that, Belagavi is considered as the second capital of the state. A winter session is also held every year. A leap has been made in the field of economy, health science, industry and occupation. There are three major universities here – Visvesvaraya Technical University, Rani Channamma University and KLE University. The city is growing as an educational hub. The arrival and departure of foreign tourists has also increased. A large number of travelers come for educational and health related purposes. However, he has convinced in the letter that all of them have suffered due to the cancellation of flights.
Belagavi Airport is the third busiest and largest airport in the state. From the days of UDAN scheme, there were flights on 13 routes every day. A minimum of 32 to a maximum of 40 aircrafts of SpiceJet, Alliance Air, TrueJet, IndiGo and StarAir were flying. However, most of the airlines have stopped flying as soon as the UDAN scheme or benefits was ended.
At present, only IndiGo and Star Air are providing the service. Only 14 to 16 flights are flying including Bengaluru and other few cities.
Dr. Prabhakar has requested in the letter that the reason should be brought to the attention of the Union Civil Aviation Minister and action to be taken on resumption of flight connections to Belagavi.