Kempegowda International Airport

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Kempegowda International Airport
Bengaluru Airport Logo.svg
BLR is located in India airports
Location of airport in India
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)
LocationDevanahalli, Karnataka, India
Opened23 May 2008
Hub for
Elevation AMSL915 m / 3,002 ft
Coordinates13°11′56″N 077°42′20″E / 13.19889°N 77.70556°E / 13.19889; 77.70556 (Kempegowda International Airport)Coordinates: 13°11′56″N 077°42′20″E / 13.19889°N 77.70556°E / 13.19889; 77.70556 (Kempegowda International Airport)
Statistics (Apr '12 – Mar '13)
Passenger movements11,993,887
Aircraft movements104,642
Cargo tonnage226,548
Source: AAI[1][2]
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Kempegowda International Airport
Bengaluru Airport Logo.svg
BLR is located in India airports
Location of airport in India
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)
LocationDevanahalli, Karnataka, India
Opened23 May 2008
Hub for
Elevation AMSL915 m / 3,002 ft
Coordinates13°11′56″N 077°42′20″E / 13.19889°N 77.70556°E / 13.19889; 77.70556 (Kempegowda International Airport)Coordinates: 13°11′56″N 077°42′20″E / 13.19889°N 77.70556°E / 13.19889; 77.70556 (Kempegowda International Airport)
Statistics (Apr '12 – Mar '13)
Passenger movements11,993,887
Aircraft movements104,642
Cargo tonnage226,548
Source: AAI[1][2]

Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLRICAO: VOBL) is an international airport serving the Indian city of Bangalore. It is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of Devanahalli and is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the central business district of Bangalore, (30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Bangalore City Railway Station[3]) and covers 5,100 acres (2,100 ha).[4] It replaced the HAL airport. For the financial year 2011–12, it is the third busiest airport in the country in overall passenger traffic (12.69 million) after Delhi and Mumbai and fifth busiest in international passenger traffic.[5] It was awarded "India's best airport" for the year 2011 by the survey conducted by Skytrax.

Kempegowda International Airport handled about 12.6 million passengers and had air traffic movements (ATM) of about 330 per day in 2011.[6] The airport is expected to handle 18 million passengers in 2015. It is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and rest of the world. It served as a hub for debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines until 20 October 2012 and serves as a focus city for Jet Airways, JetLite, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and GoAir. Former Air Deccan also had its base at BIA.


The airport project started as a public-private joint venture between Germany's Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, Government of Karnataka and Airports Authority of India (AAI).[7] Construction began in July 2005, after a decade long postponement. The new airport was originally planned to accommodate 3.5 million passengers a year, but this was redesigned to handle 12 million passengers per year. The redesign resulted in an increase in the size of the terminal, number of aircraft stands, new taxiway layouts and supporting infrastructure.

A plan is being processed for a direct rail service from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station to the Basement Rail terminal at the airport. Access on the National Highway 7 has been widened to a six-lane expressway.

Kempegowda International Airport was expected to be inaugurated on 30 March 2008, but due to delays in air traffic control (ATC) services, it was finally inaugurated on 23 May 2008 just before midnight when a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai landed. Minutes later an Indian flight to Singapore left Bangalore International Airport, making it the first take-off.


The curbside at BIA
BIA Terminal building at night
Check-in counters in the main hall
Domestic security check area

Passenger terminal[edit]

The passenger terminal is a single, fully air conditioned, four-level building capable of accommodating international and domestic operations. The basement houses the retail storage, rest areas and services. The arrival and departure areas are separated vertically with a modern, simple, straight-ahead flow system. The domestic and international departure lounges and the majority of the retail outlets are on level 2 (first floor). The check-in facilities and baggage reclaim are located on level 1 (ground floor). The terminal is designed for ease of operation and minimum maintenance.

The total floor area is approximately 170,000 m2 (1,800,000 sq ft); the terminal building is designed to accommodate 5,400 passengers at peak hour. The design reflects the best industry practice and caters for 24-hour operations, under all weather conditions. Kempegowda International Airport meets the standards set by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[4]

The airport can handle 20 million people per annum with 35 aircraft movements per hour and an estimated 576 movements. At its peak, it can handle 720 aircraft movements in a day.

There are Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) enabled check-in counters: 90 and 25 self check-in counters.

The airport has 38 gates, 20 aero-bridges, including three double arm, and 18 remote bus bays. There are 45 aircraft stands, all of which have a fueling pit. This is the first time in Indian airports that the parking stands have fueling pits. The underground pits helps the aircraft to fuel from the stand itself.

In the first phase of development, a car park for 2,000 vehicles in front of the terminal building at the ground level has been developed for the convenience of passengers and visitors.

Hajj terminal[edit]

Bangalore International Airport has an exclusive terminal for Hajj pilgrims. This terminal can handle up to 600 passengers at a time. Designated prayer rooms for men and women and separate hot water facilities for Wadu (cleansing before prayers) are available in the terminal.[8]


Kempegowda International Airport has one runway, 09/27, 4,120 m × 60 m (13,520 ft × 200 ft), that can accommodate all types of aircraft. There are plans to build a second runway when the annual traffic reaches 18 million passengers per year which it is currently estimated to reach around 2013–2014.

Retail services and lounges[edit]

As well as a range of retail outlets the airport has dedicated departure lounges:[9]

On 21 January 2011, a new VIP departure and arrival lounge was inaugurated. One lounge at level one of the terminal will serve departing domestic and international dignitaries and the other on the ground floor will serve arriving dignitaries.

Aviation fuel services[edit]

The airport has a fuel farm and hydrant system: a 36 kilometres (22 mi) fuel pipeline was commissioned in October 2009 by Indian Oil from Devanagonthi to the airport to reduce the need to transport jet fuel to the airport.[9]

Cargo village[edit]

The cargo village was inaugurated on 9 December 2009. It houses 120 freight forwarders and 80 custom house agents and can accommodate parking of nearly 80 trucks. There are two cargo terminals in the village. One is operated by Menzies Aviation Bobba Pvt Ltd. This terminal has an initial capacity to handle 150,000 metric tons (170,000 short tons) of cargo. The other terminal is operated by Air India SATS Joint Venture consortium. This terminal has a two-floor warehouse with a capacity of 200,000 metric tons (220,000 short tons).

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Kingfisher Airlines and Air India aircraft taxiing at Kempegowda International Airport

Passenger airlines[edit]

Air ArabiaSharjah
AirAsiaKuala Lumpur
Air CostaAhmedabad, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Air FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle
Air IndiaChennai, Delhi, Dubai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Malé, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
Air India ExpressMangalore
Air India RegionalAgatti, Kochi, Mangalore
Air MauritiusMauritius
British AirwaysLondon-Heathrow
DragonairHong Kong
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi
GoAirDelhi, Goa, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar
IndiGoAgartala, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam
Jet AirwaysAbu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
JetKonnectAhmedabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Rajahmundry, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur
Oman AirMuscat
Qatar AirwaysDoha
SaudiaDammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
Singapore AirlinesSingapore
SpiceJetAgartala, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Belgaum, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, Pune, Rajahmundry, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
SriLankan AirlinesColombo
Thai Airways InternationalBangkok-Suvarnabhumi

Cargo airlines[edit]

Blue Dart AviationAhmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Cathay Pacific CargoDelhi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad
DHL Aviation operated by AeroLogicBangkok-Suvarnabhumi,[citation needed] Leipzig/Halle,[10] Singapore[citation needed]
Etihad Crystal CargoAbu Dhabi
FedEx ExpressDubai, Guangzhou
Lufthansa CargoFrankfurt
Qatar Airways CargoDoha [11]
Singapore Airlines CargoAmsterdam, Singapore
SriLankan CargoColombo-Bandaranaike



External video
Terminal 1 expansion video

BIAL is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate Bangalore International Airport. BIAL has been given rights by the Government of India to develop, design, finance, operate and manage the airport for 30 years from the date of commencement of commercial flight operations. It has an option to extend the right for an additional 30 years.[12] Private promoters hold a 74% (GVK 43%, Siemens Project Ventures GmbH 26%, and Unique Zurich 5%) stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation 13% and Airport Authority of India 13%).[13][14]


On 27 February 2009, the Government of Karnataka forwarded the proposal to the central government to rename the airport after the city's founder, Kempe Gowda I. In 2011, the state government sent another proposal to the central government to name the airport after Kempegowda.[15] In 2012, the central government accepted the state government's proposal to name the airport after Kempegowda.[16] On 18 July 2013, the Union Cabinet formally approved the name change.[17] Finally, the airport was officially renamed on December 14, 2013. Along with the renaming, new terminal 1A was inaugurated on the same occasion.[18]

2010 airport expansion[edit]

On 19 January 2010, BIAL embarked on an expansion plan and fast tracked extension of the current terminal, which includes new architectural components.[19]

Runway repair work[edit]

In January 2012, BIAL announced that the airport would remain fully closed to all flight operations from 11 March until 3 April 2012 between 10:30 and 17:30 IST (05:00 UTC to 12:00 UTC) during which the top layer of its only runway was completely replaced. Following this initial phase, the runway was partly closed during phases 2 and 3 until 1 May.[22][23]


BMTC Volvo buses connecting the city to the airport
The trumpet interchange connecting BIA to NH-7 (Bangalore – Hyderabad road) seen from a landing aircraft.


As an alternative to taxis, passengers can use car rental services.[24]

Auto rickshaws are not allowed beyond the trumpet interchange leading to the airport, but passengers can get dropped off at the trumpet interchange by an auto rickshaw and then use an airport shuttle bus from the interchange.[25]

Shuttle service provided by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), connects parts of the city to the airport. This service is known as Vayu Vajra. BMTC runs nine routes using its fleet of Green Volvo buses. These buses make 251 trips in a day. Vayu Vajra is a 24/7 service. All Vayu Vajra services have route numbers designated with a KIAS prefix.[26][27]

Proposed high-speed rail link[edit]

As the airport is 40 kilometres (25 mi) outside the city, a new high-speed rail link has been approved to connect it to the city.[28] The high-speed rail link would be integrated with the Bangalore Metro and would cover a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi) with four stations: Cubbon Road (Terminal Station), Hebbal, Yelahanka, and Bangalore International Airport (Terminal Station).[29] The project is expected to cost INR6900 crore (US$1.2 billion). Of the INR6900 crore (US$1.2 billion), the State Government would contribute INR532 crore (US$89 million) (mainly for land acquisition) while the Central Government would contribute INR1040 crore (US$170 million).[30]

Awards and honours[edit]


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  2. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ Aerodrome Geographical and Administrative Data
  4. ^ a b BIA Phase 1
  5. ^ AAI traffic figures 2010–2011
  6. ^ "Airports Authority of India". 20 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  7. ^ Siemens
  8. ^ a b c d "BIA media releases". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  9. ^ a b BIA airport partners
  10. ^ "2013 summer schedule". Aero Logic. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  11. ^ QR Cargo to BLR
  12. ^ About BIA
  13. ^ "Share holders of BIAL". 31 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  14. ^ "GVK becomes biggest stake holder". Times of India. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Govt to push Centre for ‘Kempe Gowda’ airport". Bangalore: Deccan Herald. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Centre accepts proposal to name Bengaluru International Airport after Kempegowda". Bangalore: The Economic Times. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Bangalore airport named after city founder Kempe Gowda
  18. ^ "Bangalore Airport to be renamed Kempegowda International Airport on Dec 14 - The Times of India". 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  19. ^ T1 expansion images
  20. ^ "BIAL to fast track new terminal building". Business Standard. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "BIA hits expansion button". Times of India. 30 July 2010. 
  22. ^ Bangalore runway surface failure
  23. ^ "No flights at BIA for 7 hrs from today". Bangalore: The Times of India. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  24. ^ Car rentals to the airport
  25. ^ Shuttle buses from trumpet interchange to the airport
  26. ^ "BMTC bus services for Bangalore Airport". 
  27. ^ Bus services to the airport
  28. ^ "High-speed rail to BIA gets Govt nod". Times of India. 22 June 2009. 
  29. ^ Rail link to BIA
  30. ^ "High speed rail-link for BIA". The Hindu. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  31. ^ "Bangalore International airport bags Asian award". Kuwait Samachar. 1 April 2009. 
  32. ^ "Inaugural Emerging Markets Airports Award". 28 April 2010. 
  33. ^ "BIA Wins Best Emerging Airport Award". The Hindu. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  34. ^ "BIA bags "The Best Managed Airport Award". 13 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 

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