|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Hubli, Karnataka, India|
|Elevation AMSL||2,171 ft / 662 m|
Hubballi Airport (IATA: HBX, ICAO: VAHB) serves the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad in the state of Karnataka, India. It lies on Gokul Road, 8 kilometres west of Hubli. The airport has flights to Bangalore by Air India Regional as of January 2017.
Hubli Airport is spread over 369 acres and has one runway oriented 08/26, 1,670 metres in length. Its apron measures 13,500 square metres, while its terminal building measures 368 square feet and can handle 150 passengers. The airport has basic air navigation and landing aids like PAPI and a NDB. It also has a helipad. The runway extension work has been completed. The apron is connected to the runway by two perpendicular taxiways.
The Government of Karnataka signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in January 2013 to develop Hubli Airport. The AAI will expand it into an all-weather airport at a cost of Rs 1.60 billion. Accordingly, 588 acres (2.38 km2) of land was acquired by the State Government and handed over to the AAI.
The area of the airfield will be increased to 615 acres and the runway will be extended to 7,500 feet. The runway extension work is expected to cost Rs 900 million. A new taxiway, roofing, fire station and a domestic terminal building are also part of the up gradation project that will enable the operation of larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. AAI constructed a new DVOR building and NDB building in 2016 and commenced the work on extension, strengthening & widening of runway, taxiways & isolation bay. A new Terminal Building, ATC tower cum Technical block cum Fire Station, sub-station, new apron and other ancillary buildings and services including perimeter road are under construction. The project is expected to be completed by 2018.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- On 9 March 2015, a Spicejet Bombardier Dash 8, operating flight SG-1085 from Bangalore with 74 passengers and 4 crew, landed on Hubli's runway in heavy rain, veered off the runway and came to a halt on soft ground with the left main gear collapsed. There were no injuries but the aircraft received substantial damage to left hand main landing gear, propeller and engine.
- "Karnataka govt signs MoU for Hubli airport expansion". Daily News and Analysis. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Expansion and Facelift of Belgaum, Hubli and Mysore Airports". Business Standard. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
- "Hubli airport to be ready for Boeing in 2 yrs". Deccan Herald. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Hubli Airport expansion takes off after seven years". The Economic Times. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "SpiceJet plane skids at Hubli airport, no one hurt , Spicejet closed Hubli operations and now operates its flights from Belgaum". Business Standard. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.