Shivamogga Airport: 7 Interesting factsPragati Pal

Feb 27, 2023

Shaped as lotus

The newly built Shivamogga airport has a lotus-shaped terminal.

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Spans over 650 acres

The airport has been constructed on a total area of 662.38 acres.

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Built at cost of Rs 450 crore

Developed at a cost of around Rs 450 crore, the airport has the capacity of handling 300 passengers per hour.

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Named after 20th century poet

The airport is named after the 20th-century poet, Kuvempu, who is regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.

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Second-longest runway

The Shivamogga airport has the second-longest runway in Karnataka after Bengaluru's Kempagowada airport.

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'Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik' (UDAI) scheme

The Shivamogga airport is built by the Central government under "Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik (UDAI)" scheme.

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BS Yediyurappa connection

Initially, the airport was set to be named after former Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa. However, Yeddyurappa refused the proposal and then it was decided to name the airport after Kuvempu.

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Apart from the runway, terminal building, ATC tower, and fire station building, the airport has a taxiway, apron, approach road, peripheral road, and compound wall. The airport's communication systems are based on the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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