Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated an upgraded airport terminal at Hubballi in North Karnataka. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and senior officials of Airports Authority of India were also present on the occasion. A New flight, from Bangaluru to Mumbai via Hubbali was also flagged off which will operate thrice a week. Aviation Minister appealed the state governments to jointly work with the Union government to realise the dream of robust aviation in their states. Hubballi Airport is a centrally air-conditioned building and with an area of 3,600 square metres, it has a capacity to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time. It has all essential passenger friendly amenities and conveniences like Check-in Counters, Baggage Conveyors, Elevator, Public Address System, Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, HVAC, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), CCTV, Baggage scanners and Car parking. In view of the government's initiative of Green India the new terminal has green features like Standing seam Double Insulated Roofing system, provision of sky light system for energy savings and many others. India has taken giant strides in domestic civil aviation with growth rate of 21.5 per cent per annum for last two years and is only behind US and China in the race. Regional connectivity Scheme- UDAN has added a staggering number of 30 airports in just one year.