Kempegowda International Airport

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Kempegowda International Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Bangalore International Airport Limited
GVK Group[1]
Serves Bengaluru
Location Devanahalli, Karnataka, India
Opened 24 May 2008
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 915 m / 3,002 ft
Coordinates 13°12′25″N 077°42′15″E / 13.20694°N 77.70417°E / 13.20694; 77.70417Coordinates: 13°12′25″N 077°42′15″E / 13.20694°N 77.70417°E / 13.20694; 77.70417
BLR is located in India airports
Location in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 15,401,392(Increase19.7%)
Aircraft movements 133,488(Increase13.4%)
Cargo tonnage 279,475(Increase15.3%)
Source: AAI[2][3]

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[4]) and covers 4,700 acres (1,900 ha).[5] It replaced the HAL airport in 2008. For the Fiscal year 2014-15, it is South India's most and third busiest airport in the country in overall passenger traffic (15.24 million)[6] after Delhi and Mumbai. The airport handled 19.3 percent more passengers as compared to 2013-14, with 21.4 percent growth from domestic and 11.2 percent growth from international flights. [7] The airport in this fiscal year 2014-15 witnessed 15.9 percent growth in cargo, led by 21.4 percent growth in domestic and 11.2 percent growth in international cargo.

Kempegowda International Airport handled about 15.24 million passengers and had air traffic movements (ATM) of about 359 per day in 2013-14.[8] The airport is expected to handle 20 million passengers in 2015 and about 55 million passengers annually by 2029-30. 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. The airport serves as the main hub for AirAsia India, Air Pegasus and as a secondary hub for SpiceJet and Jet Airways. It also serves as focus city for Air India and IndiGo. It was also the primary hub for the now defunct Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines.


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).[9] Construction began in July 2005, after a decade long postponement. The new airport was originally planned to accommodate 6.5 million passengers a year, but this was later 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 Cantonment Railway Station to the Basement Rail terminal at the airport. Access on the National Highway 7 has been widened to a ten-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 24 May 2008 just after midnight when a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai landed. Minutes later an Indian flight to Singapore left Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore making it the first take-off. HAL airport, located in down town Bangalore was then closed to public commercial aviation.

The airport was later expanded and inaugurated in December 2014, to provide for more passengers and aircraft. Facilities such as a new VVIP terminal and new architectural elements were also added to improve the aesthetic look of the terminal. The terminal roof design was crowd sourced and is in the shape of a smile.[citation needed]

The airport recently received environmental clearance to begin work on stage II expansion. This expansion will include the construction of a new terminal along with the second runway, taxiways, aprons, aircraft parking and all aviation facilities and structures


The curbside at KIA
KIA Terminal building at night
Check-in counters in the main hall
Domestic security check area
External video
Terminal 1 expansion video

BIAL is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate Kempegowda 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. 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%).[10][11] Further, a 26% of (GVK-KIA)'s equity is owned by the Airport Authority of India and the Karnataka State Industrial Investment & Development Corporation. In January 2012, GVK acquired 43% of this equity from the private promoters. [12][13]

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 area, the storage area, rest areas and services area. 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 practices and has 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).[5]

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

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

The airport has 38 gates, 20 aero-bridges, including three double-armed ones and 18 remote bus bays. There are 45 aircraft stands, all of which have a fuelling pit. This is the first time in Indian airports that the parking stands have fuelling pits. The underground pits help aircraft to re-fuel while parked 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.


On 19 January 2010, BIAL embarked on an expansion plan and fast tracked extension of the current terminal, which includes new architectural components.[14]

  • The first phase of construction of the new terminal is expected to cater to passenger traffic of about 15 million per year. There are plans to expand the new terminal to cater to 36 million passengers per year.[15]
  • The existing terminal would be expanded to cater to 17 million passengers per year. Work on the expansion began on 6 June 2011.[16]
  • The expansion would also increase the number of check-in counters and the seating capacity at the waiting areas. Once done, Terminal 1 would be capable of handling A380 aircraft.[16][17]
  • To reduce the number of flight delays due to fog, it is proposed that the runway will be upgraded to Category III B standard. This upgrading will be done when the second runway will be constructed (along with Terminal 2).

The Kempegowda International Airport's second stage expansion approval was granted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India in September 2014. The expansion within the existing airport site area will cater to both aeronautical and non-aeronautical infrastructure facilities and will include the construction of a new terminal along with the second runway, taxiways, aprons, aircraft parking and all aviation facilities and structures. The expansion is envisaged to accommodate the future traffic growth which is likely to reach 55 million passengers annually by 2029-2030 and approximately 1 million tonnes of cargo movement.[18]

Hajj terminal[edit]

Kempegowda 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.[16]

Retail services and lounges[edit]

As well as a range of retail outlets such as Hidesign, Duty-free store, FabIndia, Spirit of India and Lotus House the airport has dedicated departure lounges:[19]

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.


Kempegowda International Airport has one runway, 09/27, 4,000 m × 60 m (13,120 ft × 200 ft), that can accommodate all types of aircraft. The construction of second runway is work in progress and expected to be operational by 2020 along with new terminal building. [20]

Repair work

In January 2012, BIAL announced that the airport will remain closed to all flight operations from 11 March 2012 to 3 April 2012 between 1030 and 1730 hours IST (0500 to 1200 hours UTC) during which the top layer of its only runway will be completely replaced. Following this initial phase, the runway was partly closed during phases 2 and 3 until 1 May.[21][22]

Other services[edit]

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.[19]

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]

Passenger airlines[edit]

IndiGo Airbus A320-200 aircraft at BIAL
GoAir Airbus A320-200 aircraft at BIAL
Oman Air aircraft at Bengaluru International Airport
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
AirAsia India Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Pune, Visakhapatnam
Air Costa Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Dubai-International, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Malé, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
Air India Regional Agatti, Kochi, Mangalore, Pondicherry
Air Mauritius Mauritius
Air Pegasus Kadapa, Hubli, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai
British Airways London-Heathrow
Dragonair Hong Kong
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
GoAir Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
IndiGo Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai-International, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara
Kuwait Airways Kuwait (resumes 1 September 2015)[23]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu (resumes 1 September 2015)[24]
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
SilkAir Singapore
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SpiceJet Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Belgaum, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang (begins 1 September 2015) [25]
Tigerair Singapore
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai

Cargo airlines[edit]

Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747 at BIAL
Airlines Destinations
Blue Dart Aviation Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Cathay Pacific Cargo Delhi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic
Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi,[citation needed] Leipzig/Halle,[26] Singapore[citation needed]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
FedEx Express Dubai-International, Guangzhou
FitsAir Colombo
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[27]
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Singapore
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur
SriLankan Cargo Colombo


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


As an alternative to taxis, passengers can use car rental services.[28]

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.[29]

Shuttle services provided by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), connect 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 KIA prefix.[30][31]

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs a non stop service from the airport to Mysore city under the brand name FlyBus.[32]

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.[33] The high-speed rail link would be integrated with the Bengaluru Metro and would cover a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi) with four stations: Cubbon Road (Terminal Station), Hebbal, Yelahanka, and Kempegowda International Airport (Terminal Station).[34] The project is expected to cost 69 billion (US$1.1 billion). Of the 69 billion (US$1.1 billion), the State Government would contribute 5.32 billion (US$84 million) (mainly for land acquisition) while the Central Government would contribute 10.4 billion (US$170 million).[35]


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.[36] In 2012, the central government accepted the state government's proposal to name the airport after Kempegowda.[37] On 18 July 2013, the Union Cabinet formally approved the name change.[38] Finally, the airport was officially renamed on 14 December 2013. Along with the renaming, new terminal 1A was inaugurated on the same occasion.[39]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Even though there was an economic slowdown, BIA managed to keep its traffic base and route network stable. It was hence awarded "The Routes Asia Airport Marketing Award" chosen among five others in the Indian subcontinent.[40]
  • At the Emerging Markets Airports Awards 2010, held in Dubai, BIA was awarded "The Best Emerging Airport in Indian sub-continent."[41][42]
  • It received a platinum certification from IATA in January 2010 for becoming "The first airport in India to be 100% Bar Coded Boarding Passes (BCBP) compliant."[16]
  • At the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 held at Delhi, BIA was awarded "The Best Managed Airport in India."[43]


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