The Karnataka government has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the development, operation and maintenance of Kalaburagi Airport.
The MoU was signed between Karnataka State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KSIIDC) on behalf of government of Karnataka and AAI. The government of Karnataka had accorded its administrative approval for the development of Kalaburagi Airport on March 2007.
Till now, a total expenditure of Rs 230 crore has been incurred on development and construction of Kalaburagi Airport. The development works of the airport have been undertaken by the Public Works Department (PWD) along with the technical guidance from RITES India.
The works were nearing completion and the first trial run of flights has been conducted during August 2018. The development of Kalaburagi Airport had commenced in 2007 on PPP mode by Gulbarga Airport Developers [GADL], a consortium of Maytas Infra, NCC Infra Holdings & VIE India and had investment of Rs 25 crore.
Kalaburagi Airport has been qualified for operations during the third round of bidding/selection under the Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN (RCS-3.0).