GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has agreed to "Commission, Operationalise and Maintain the Civilian Enclave at the Bidar Airport" in North Karnataka, which up until now has served purely as a military airfield.
The deal, which falls under the government's Regional Connectivity – UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) Scheme, will see the launch of a daily flight between Bidar and Bengaluru later this month.
GHIAL CEO and executive director - south for GMR Airports, SGK Kishore, Executive Director, says: “The operationalisation of Bidar Airport is a testimony to our commitment to support the Government of India’s flagship Regional Connectivity Scheme.
"We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Karnataka to support efforts for all-round development Bidar and nearby regions and we are confident that the start of commercial operations at Bidar will provide a boost to the local economy through better connectivity for the people of Bidar and the large number of tourists who visit the area.”
Located in the north-eastern part of Karnataka state, Bidar city is the headquarters of the Bidar District and is home to some important religious shrines and historic monuments.
They include Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib, which is one of the holiest sites of the Sikh religion.
Bidar is also renowned for Bidriware metal handicraft products which have been recognized with the coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
In addition to operating Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, GMR Airports has a 64% stake in DIAL, which operates Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport and, in partnership with local company Megawide Construction Corporation, GMR has a 25-year operating concession for Mactan-Cebu International Airport in The Philippines.