Airports in Karnataka

Ever wondered how many air routes exist while travelling to and from Karnataka. Here is a list of airports in Karnataka to ease your research:

1. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

Kempegowda International Airport serves the capital state of Karnataka, Bangalore. The airport is quoted as the third busiest airport after Delhi and Mumbai who handled over 22.2 million passengers last year. The airport was constructed over a stretch of 400 acres of land about 40 kilometres north of the city near Devanahalli village. It is associated with numerous flights with perpetual flights for London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mauritius along with the domestic flights for Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Nagpur and much more.

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation operates a shuttle service running from 9 different locations from the city to the airport. Every 30 minutes, a bus stops at these spots to board passengers.  The airport homes abundant amenities, from the slightest thing possible to the super urgent needs. The airport has 3 different lounges, as per the convenience of travellers. They even provide buggy service and wheelchair facility for children and senior citizens. It is well connected with NH44 and with separate taxi zones; the place is brushed with comfort. A typical taxi fare up to the city cast between INR 400 to INR 600 with 2 hours travelling time. A Namma Metro link between Bangalore and the airport is planned, which will endorse the place with a good railway connection.

There are tons of places to travel and accommodations to stay near the airport. These are historical as well as amusing places; Devanahalli Fort, Tipu's Birthplace, XtremeZone Paintball, Esteem Mall, The Venugopalaswamy Temple are some examples. Your taxi driver will guide you to these places and even list you with a series of hotels according to your budget.

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2. Mangalore Airport

Also, known as Bhajpe Airport, Mangalore airport serves the coastal city of Mangalore. The airport is located about 13 kilometres northeast of the city, near Bhajpe. It is the second international airport homed in Karnataka. It's just 16 kilometres from the central railway station making your travel fast and mobile.  Mangalore airport was ranked 12th amongst the airports with international traffic in India. It was the first in Karnataka to have 2 runways, one of which is a table top runway. The airport is well connected to the local attractions like Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunath Temple, Tannirbhavi Beach, Panambur Beach, Manasa Amusement & Water Park etc.

The facility is well connected to other transportation mediums as; Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation provides a bus service from the airport to the Central Railway Station. Also, a number of taxies are available 24X7 near the Airport; you can avail that or pre-book your cab from the arrival hall. You may even notice a lot of Ola, and Uber cars offering their service.

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3. Hubballi Airport

This particular airport is situated on Gokul Road, 8 Kilometer west of Hubli. It is well connected with the railway, as the nearest railways station is just 8 Kilometers away. The 369-acre airport serves the twin cities Hubli and Dharwad. The place has its fair share of tourist attractions, with a decent accessibility. Some of them are Unkal Lake, Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden, Chandramouleshwara Temple, Banashankari Temple, etc.

The nearest bus stand is about 6 Kilometers of the airport terminal. Hubbali airport is expecting a massive makeover by the year 2018. A new taxiway, roofing, fire station and a domestic terminal building will be the part of the up gradation process. This will enable the operation of larger aircrafts.

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4. Belgaum Airport

Belgaum Airport is located about 10 Kilometers east of Belgaum city near Sambra Village, that's why it is also called Sambra Airport as well. To travel around the state, people can use the taxi service delivered just outside the airport. There is a 12 Kilometers drive to reach the nearest railway station.

Your taxi could take you to various heritage monuments like Belgaum Fort and the Jain Temple; other places of interest include the Shree Revan Siddeshwar Temple and the Mal Maruti Temple. To cherish natural beauty of Belgaum, make a trip to waterfalls such as Godchinamalaki Falls, Vajrapoha Falls, and Gokak Falls. Paragliding and boating are popular activities at these sites. Other popular tourist destinations include Anshi National Park, Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Swami Vivekananda Smarak.

The airport is associated with only SpiceJet and has frequent flights to Bangalore, Mangalore, and Mumbai. The passenger terminal stretches 1,160 sq. meters of area. It has 3 check-in desks, one VIP lounge, and a boarding gate. A good parking space and recurrent taxi service make things easier of traveller here.
 

5. Mysore Airport

Mysore airport is approximately 10 Kilometers south of Mysore city in a village called Mandakalli, that's why it's called Mandakalli airport sometimes. The airport receives only charter or VIP flights.  It's a place with great accessibility as the central railway station is just 15 minutes away, and the distance is 13 kilometres.  It also homes a passenger terminal with a capacity of 150 travellers and a total area of 3,250 Sq. meters.  It shares a direct connectivity with National Highway 766 with Mysore ring road to the north of it. Hence, a good link with the city and other transport mediums is obvious. There are a number of things you can do near Mysore Airport with in 1 Kilometer radius, Kukkarahalli Lake yam herbals, Jaganmohan Palace, Palace of Maharaja of Mysore and much more places are waiting to be explored.


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6. Jindal Vijaynagar Airport

Jindal Vijaynagar Airport is positioned in Toranagallu which falls under Vijaynagar Township. The airport is owned by JSW Steel. It's a 5-minute drive to reach the main city of Toranagallu and a long 36 kilometres to reach the nearest railway platform, Bellary Railway Station. Various taxi companies operating on call, online and outside terminals are used vividly by the passengers. It functions for the places like Bellary, Hampi, Hospet, and Toranagallu. The flights here are more business-oriented. Mostly these flights are directed to Bangalore and Hyderabad. It has a single passenger terminal with one check-in desk, security lane, and a waiting area for 50 people.

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7. HAL Bangalore Airport

Also known as Hindustan Airport, the facility is a military. It is located in Bangalore and is preferred for general and business aviation. The nearest railway station is Yeshwantpur Railway Station, for which one has to travel about 22 Kilometers; it takes approximately half an hour to reach. The airport has one runway with an approximate length of 3,307 meters. It has 4 entry and 4 exit taxiways, one in the east and one in the west. The one on the east is called E1 and E2, while their counterparts are known as W1 and W2. It's a fun place to hang out too. Visit places like Innovative film city, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Lumbini Gardens and MG Road to spend your time.

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8. Jakkur Aerodrome

Jakkur Aerodrome is located in Jakkur, Bangalore. It is the only place dedicated to general aviation.  Kodigehalli Railway Station is located just 5 kilometres from the airport. You can try Agni Aero Sports Adventure Academy for the thrill, Yelahanka Shopping Complex for shopping, and Kanti Sweets for mouth watering delights. The place works as the only Government Flying Training School operational in Karnataka. The school consists of Aircraft maintenance facilities, an aircraft and storage hangar, a library and other facilities.

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9. Yelahanka Air Force Station

This is a military type airport located in Yalahanka, Bangalore. A total distance of 22 Kilometers is recorded between the airport and Bangalore City Junction Railway station. And the nearest bus route is from Yelahanka Bus Stop which is 7 kilometres away from the terminal.   

It is governed by the Indian Air force with a sole purpose of training young pilots to fly transport planes. There are many amenities waiting just 15 minutes away from the airport. Iskcon Temple Bangalore, Cubbon Park, and Bangalore Palace are some of the attractions to be exploited.

 
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10. Gulbarga Airport

Also known as the Kalaburgi Airport is a domestic airport located 12.5 Kms from the main Kalaburagi city. After it's first trial flight landed in August 2018, the airport is set to open its doors in October 2018 to all domestic flights. It is around 17 kms to the nearest railway station (Gulbarga Railway Station) and 16 kms from the nearest bus stand. 

This airport serves the city of Kalaburgi and surrounding cities like Bidar, Bijapur, Raichur, Sholapur, etc. It has the tenth longest runway in the country and the second longest in the state with the total length of the airfield being 7.5 kms. 

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Upcoming Airports in Karnataka

  • New Bellary Airport
  • Bidar Airport / Bidar Air Force Station
  • Bijapur Airport
  • Chikkamagaluru Airport
  • Hassan Airport
  • Shimoga Airport
  • Bagalkot Airport
  • Chitradurga Airport
  • Davangere Airport
  • Gadag Airport
  • Gokarna Airport
  • Haveri Airport
  • Kollegal Airport
  • Kushalnagar Airport
  • Hubli Airport / Hubli Air Force Base
  • Karwar Airport
The creamy culture of Karnataka has earned an all-inclusive recognition. The reason might be its traditionally power packed citizens, the massive history rolls inked with glory or the cultural sparks oozing out from its food and festivals. The reason could be anything, but you will never identify the truth behind its greatness until you have seen for yourself. And these air routes bring you closer to that! So do plan and check the routes above.

This post was published by Rishabh Thakur

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