Hubli Airport

Coordinates: 15°21′42″N 075°05′05″E / 15.36167°N 75.08472°E / 15.36167; 75.08472
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Hubli Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesHubballi, Dharwad
LocationGandhi Nagar, Hubballi, Karnataka, India
Opened1974; 50 years ago (1974)
Elevation AMSL2,171 ft / 662 m
Coordinates15°21′42″N 075°05′05″E / 15.36167°N 75.08472°E / 15.36167; 75.08472
WebsiteHubli Airport
Map
HBX is located in Karnataka
HBX
HBX
HBX is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 8,500 2,600 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (April 2022 - March 2023)
Passengers322,701 (Increase 71.3%)
Aircraft movement5,742 (Increase 19.5%)
Cargo tonnage48 (Increase 6.7%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Hubli Airport (IATA: HBX, ICAO: VOHB) is a domestic airport serving the twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad in the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated in Gandhi Nagar, 8 km (5.0 mi) from Hubballi and 20 km (12 mi) from Dharwad. It is connected with 10 destinations throughout the country. The airport has been made self-reliant in terms of electricity generation, with the commissioning of an 8 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted grid-connected photovoltaic solar plant in April 2021.[4]

History[edit]

The need for an Airport at Hubli was felt way back in 1954 when the region was under the Mumbai (then Bombay) presidency. Due to States Reorganisation Act, Hubli shifted from being a part of Bombay presidency to the newly formed Karnataka state. Consequently, land acquisition was delayed and done only by 1974. The construction and development of the airport was carried out by the Public Works Department (PWD) of Karnataka. Airport Authority of India took over the airport from Karnataka PWD during 1996 and flight operations resumed in the 2003 by Air Deccan. Kingfisher Airlines soon joined followed and operated flights to Bangalore and Mumbai. Spicejet operated from the airport from 2014 to 2019 during the time which it had to suspend operations twice respectively due to Runway repairs and aircraft overrun before permanently ending flights in 2019.[5] IndiGo started operating flights to the airport from July 2018 and is the biggest airline operating out of the airport.[6]

Expansion[edit]

The Government of Karnataka signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in January 2013 to develop the airport.[7] Accordingly, 588 acres (2.38 km2) of land were acquired by the State Government and handed over to the AAI.[8]

The area of the airfield was increased to 615 acres (249 ha) and the runway was extended to 8,500 feet (2,600 m). A new taxiway, roofing, car parking, fire station and a new terminal building were also part of the upgrade project that would enable the operation of larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320.[9] AAI constructed a new DVOR building and NDB building in 2016 and commenced the work on extension, strengthening and widening of the runway, taxiways and the isolation bay.[8][10] A new ATC tower, technical block, fire station, a new apron for parking three aircraft, a 12.8 km. security wall with 17 security watch towers and a sewage treatment plant were constructed.[11] On 12 December 2017 Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the upgraded airport terminal and other ancillary facilities. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and senior Airports Authority of India officials were also present on the occasion.[12]

In order to cater with more traffic and future demands in the coming years due to the rapid expansion of population and urbanisation in the Hubballi-Dharwad metropolis, a new passenger terminal will be built on the north-western area of the airport, which will cover an area of 20,000 sq.m. with two levels, will be equipped with modern facilities and amenities and will have three aerobridges. It will be able to handle 1,400 passengers (700 arrivals and 700 departures) during peak hours. Other works included as part of the expansion is a new apron and a taxiway connecting to the runway, along with runway expansion to cater for larger aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, which at present operate on a limited scale due to the short length of the runway. The expansion project will be undertaken at a cost of around ₹ 275 crore and will be completed in two years, i.e., by 2025. Once completed, it will help the metropolis to be connected not only with domestic destinations but also with international destinations, which is a long pending demand of the people of northern Karnataka to make it the third international airport after Bangalore and Mangalore airports, as well as to reduce dependencies on both the airports.[13][14][15]

Facilities[edit]

Runway[edit]

Hubli Airport has one runway in use.

  • Runway 08/26: 2,600 by 45 metres (8,530 ft × 148 ft), CAT I ILS equipped and in future will be equipped with RNP.[16][17]

Terminals[edit]

The old terminal could handle only 3 ATR-72 sized aircraft.[18] The apron could handle only three Code A/B sized aircraft.[19] The old terminal was closed down and flight operations shifted to the new terminal after its inauguration.

The new terminal covers an area of 3600 square meters and is centrally air-conditioned. It can handle 300 passengers at a time during peak hours, i.e., 150 arrivals & 150 departures. The airport has passenger-friendly amenities like public address system, check-in counters, fire alarm, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), elevator, firefighting, CCTV, baggage scanners and car parking. It is also eco-friendly as the terminal has a skylight system for energy savings and a standing seam double insulated roofing system.[20] The apron can now handle three A319/A320/B737 or 5 ATR-72 sized aircraft at a time.[21]

Cargo terminal[edit]

The cargo terminal is located east of the passenger terminal. It covers 65 square metres (700 sq ft). The Old Terminal Building was converted into Domestic Cargo Complex and started operations in March 2021. On completion it became north Karnataka's first dedicated domestic air cargo terminal.[22][23]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi,[24] Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune[25]
Star Air Bangalore

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at HBX airport. See Wikidata query.
Hubli Airport passenger traffic statistics[26][27][28]
Year Rank Passengers Growth Rank change
2019-20 49 475,218 Increase 3.2% Decrease 4
2018-19 45 460,462 Increase 835.4% Increase19
2017-18 64 49,227 Increase 89.9% Decrease 1
2016-17 63 25,928 Decrease 33.5% Increase 1
2015-16 64 38,973

Other facilities[edit]

Solar power plant[edit]

A 8 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted grid-connected photovoltaic solar plant has been built by AAI at the airport. Hubli airport has been made self-reliant in terms of electricity generation with the commissioning of the plant in April 2021. airport. Solar power generated here is being supplied to Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation's (KPTC) grid and then on to other airports including Gulbarga, Mysore, and Bangalore's HAL Airport. The project is located in about 38 acres of land on south of the runway. Over 400 solar panels have been installed in 24 acres of the land whereas the remaining portion has been used to set up transformers, rooms, and for other purposes. The solar plant will generate about 140 lakh units annually.[4]

Airport hotel[edit]

Fortune Park Airport Road Hubballi owned by ITC Hotels is strategically located opposite to Hubli airport. The hotel also encompasses 2 restaurants.[29]

Connectivity[edit]

Road[edit]

The airport is connected to the city by Gokul Road. The National Highway 48 passes right next to the airport. The NWKRTC operates air conditioned bus services from Hubli Railway Station to the airport and a mini-bus service between Hubli Central Bus Terminus (C.B.T.) and the airport. The AC buses make ten trips a day and mini-buses 24 trips a day.[30]

Rail[edit]

The nearest railway station is Unkal railway station which is located 7.5 km from the airport whereas the nearest major railway junction is Hubli Junction railway station, which is located 8 km from the airport.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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 the left hand main landing gear, propeller and engine.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Annexure IV – Freight Movement Data" (PDF). aai.aero. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
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  11. ^ "Muhurtha fixed for upgraded airport opening, Mumbai flight service". 7 December 2017.
  12. ^ ANI (13 December 2017). "Karnataka's Hubballi city gets new airport terminal | Business Standard News". Business Standard India. Business-standard.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  13. ^ Kattimani, Basavaraj (13 June 2023). "AAI gives nod for Hubballi airport terminal expansion". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
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  16. ^ "Now, Hubballi Airport gets Instrument Landing System". The Hindu. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  17. ^ Tripathi, Neha LM (27 August 2020). "By December, 45 airports to use global navigation satellite system for safe landing in poor visibility". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
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  22. ^ "Outbound cargo service start from Hubballi airport, to boost perspectives of farmers and businessmen".
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  25. ^ "IndiGo to start Hubballi Pune direct flight from February 5". Hubballi Infra. 10 January 2023. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
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  27. ^ "2014-15 Statistics" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2015.
  28. ^ "2016-17 Statistics" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Fortune Hotels opens new property in Hubballi". Business Traveller. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  30. ^ "AC bus service to Hubballi airport launched - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  31. ^ "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.

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