For the past few years the airport has been operating in Devanahalli. Initially the airport was operating in HAL Bangalore. The current airport is 42 kms away from Padmanabhanagar. The total development size of the airport is 4000acres. This is the first airport in India to be owned and operated by a private sector named Greenfield.
In the later stages, The Bangalore International Airport has been named as Kempegowda International Airport. The airport is located in Devanahalli, Bangalore North. The name Kempegowda is after the founder of Bangalore.
The place change from HAL to Devanahalli is due to the blockage caused in the HAL locality. As this HAL is pretty much in the city limits. The congestion was huge. So the airport started operating from its new place Devanahalli. From May 2008 the official operations began from Devanahalli.
This Kempegowda International is India's 3rd busiest airport as per passenger traffic and is the 29th busiest airport in Asia. The maximum passenger count was on the calendar year 2020 with 10.91 million passengers with a number of 311 aircrafts movements in a day. In 2018, this airport was awarded as the world’s fastest growing airport with an average of 15 million annual passengers.
Due to the pandemic the cargo handled has been decreased to 12.7 % during the period April 2020 to March 2021. The Kempegowda International Airport has many unique and special features that differentiates it from other airports.
The airport is located in Devanahalli, a new hotspot or hub of North Bangalore for enormous growth and developments. For the presence of the Airport, North Bangalore has got noteworthy roads and abundant industries providing millions of opportunities. This locality has many prominent business parks like Shell Technology, KIADB Park, Bagalur Finance City and Manyata Tech Park.
There are various roads that connect the airport to other parts of the city. Specifically NH 44, a 6 lane flyover. This connects the airport to Hebbal and its vicinity. There are some other added roads that seamlessly connect the other parts of North Bangalore like Thanisandra and Hennur.
BIAL has many pubic commuting facilities like
Vajra Vayu- this is an airconditioned bus that’s been operated by BMTC. The frequency is also quite good.
KSRTC Flybus-This is an intrastate and interstate connecting transport that connects BIA with other Karnataka cities and South Indian cities.
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The proposed Namma metro connects the Airport with other parts of the city effectively and quickly.
There is also another development planned that would connect Mysore through Yelahanka to Devanahalli via MEMU trains.
Kempegowda International Airport offers many impressive world class features. The floor area is around 789500sqft and the terminal can hold upto 2300 passengers during the peak hours. All the facilities provided in the BIA meets the IATA standards across 24*7 under any circumstances.
There are 18 self check-in counters, dedicated VIP lounge. There are a total of 40 gates in the premises for stringent security purposes.
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