The Bidar Airport of Karnataka recently kick-started its operations with a TruJet flight connecting it to Bengaluru, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN).
The project has been made possible by airport operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), who under the UDAN programme signed the concession to operate the civilian enclave at Bidar Airport.
The first direct flight from Bidar to Bengaluru was later flagged off by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) On February 10.
The flight departs from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport at 11:25 am and arrives in Bidar at 1:05 pm. However, the flight from Bidar takes off at 1:35 pm and arrives in Bengaluru at 3:15 pm.
Bidar is the 24th station in Trujet’s network and will be connected to Bengaluru with a daily service. After Bidar, Karnataka now has eight operational airports across the state. Earlier people from Bidar travelling to Bengaluru had no other option but to commute via train or bus and cover a journey of 11 hours.
Located in the north-east part of Karnataka, Bidar is home to many religious shrines and monuments, such as the Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar Fort, Rangeen Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takht Mahal and more. It’s also known for its Bidriware metal handicraft.
Last year, a new airport began operations in Kalaburgi as well, connecting Bengaluru with the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. The other airports now operational in the state are in Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi, Belagavi, and Bellary.