Bidar Airport

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Bidar Airport
Airport type Military / Public
Operator Indian Air Force
Serves Bidar
Elevation AMSL 2,178 ft / 664 m
Coordinates 17°54′N 77°28′E / 17.9°N 77.47°E / 17.9; 77.47 (Bidar Airport)Coordinates: 17°54′N 77°28′E / 17.9°N 77.47°E / 17.9; 77.47 (Bidar Airport)
Bidar Air Force Station is located in India
Bidar Air Force Station
Air Force Station
Location in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,120 6,955 Asphalt
08/26 2,072 6,798 Asphalt

Bidar Airport, also known as Bidar Air Force Station, (ICAO: VOBR) is a military airbase airport in Bidar, Karnataka, India.[1]

The Government of Karnataka has requested to open the Bidar Defence airports to civilian use. Government of India has already conveyed ‘in principle’ approval to the proposal in respect of Bidar airfield. However, no offer has been made for provision of additional land by the Government of Karnataka for Bidar airfield.[2]

Bidar Air Force Station[edit]

The Indian Air Force operates the Air Force Academy that operates Kiran Mk II trainers while the Hawk Operational Training Squadron (HOTS) operates BAE Hawk Advanced jet trainers Bidar was also base for the Surya Kiran, the aerobatics demonstration team of the IAF.

Hawk AJT[edit]

Hawks arrived on 12 November 2007 at Bidar when the base was celebrating its Platinum Jubilee.[3] The Advanced Jet Trainer had been introduced rapidly with over 15,000 flying hours being logged in a span of four years. While some initial training of Indian pilots onto the Hawk was conducted at RAF Valley in the UK, operations at Bidar are now in full swing with nearly 40 aircraft operating from the base.

Planned Expansion[edit]

The Government of Karnataka was to extend full co-operation and support to the Indian Air Force / Airports Authority of India (AAI) in developing this airport for civilian use and to acquire additional land, if required, for development of civil enclave infrastructure facilities.[4] Bidar Airport is awaiting a No Objection Certificate from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (GHIAL) in Hyderabad, which is operated and maintained by the GMR Group. An exclusivity clause in the concession agreement signed by the Union government and GMR to develop Hyderabad airport forbids any commercial airport within 150 km radius of GHIAL.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bidar Air Force Station OurAirports
  2. ^ "Civilian use of Bidar and Karwar Airports". Government Of India (Ministry of Defence). Press Information Bureau. 5 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Two Hawks will land in Bidar on November 12". The Hindu. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ Budgetary Projects The Official Website Of Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka
  5. ^ "Bidar airport awaits clearance". Aviation India. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012.