Kempegowda International Airport

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Kempegowda International Airport
ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ
Kempegowda-international-airport - logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Bengaluru International Airport Limited
Serves Bangalore
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[1][2][3]

Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLRICAO: VOBL) is an international airport serving the city of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is located at Devanahalli about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Bangalore City Railway Station[4] and covers 4,700 acres (1,900 ha).[5] The airport opened in May 2008 as Bengaluru International Airport, replacing HAL Airport as the city's main commercial airport. It was renamed in 2013 after Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bengaluru.

In 2014-15 Kempegowda Airport was ranked third busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the airports of Delhi and Mumbai. It handled about 15.24 million passengers and 400 air traffic movements (ATM) per day.[6]

The airport serves as the primary hub for AirAsia India and Air Pegasus, and as a secondary hub for Jet Airways. It also serves as focus city for Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet. Prior to their demise, Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines were also based at the airport.


The airport project started as a public-private joint venture between Switzerland's Zurich Airport, 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 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. The airport was 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. A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai marked the start of commercial operations. Later, an Air India flight to Singapore became the first commercial flight to take-off from the airport. The erstwhile HAL airport located in downtown Bengaluru was closed to commercial aviation.


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.[8] In 2012, the central government accepted the state government's proposal to name the airport after Kempegowda.[9] On 18 July 2013, the Union Cabinet formally approved the name change.[10] Finally, the airport was officially renamed on 14 December 2013. Along with the renaming, new terminal 1A was inaugurated on the same occasion.[11]


External video
Terminal 1 expansion video

Kempegowda Airport is being expanded in two phases. Phase 1 was completed in December 2013 at a cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.[12] The passenger terminal was expanded to a size of 1,50,556 metres, with check-in, immigration, security, and baggage reclaim facilities all expanded.[13] In addition, Terminal 1A was constructed as an extension to the original terminal. This terminal added 3 international gates, one of which is capable of handling the Airbus A380, the largest passenger jet in the world.[14] Overall, Phase 1 has raised Kempegowda Airport's passenger capacity to 20 million per year.[15]

Phase 2 includes the construction of a second runway and a second terminal. It will render Kempegowda Airport capable of handling the 55 million passengers expected to pass through the airport per year by 2029-30. It will also allow the airport to handle up to 1 million tonnes of cargo, a significant increase over the existing capacity of 350,000 tonnes.[16] The phase received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests in September 2014[17] and is expected to be completed by 2020.[6]

Arrivals area of the terminal
Check-in counters in the main hall
Near Gate 1.
Plaza Premium Lounge, domestic side.


Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is a Public limited company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate the 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 same for an additional 30 years. Private promoters GVK (43%), Siemens Project Ventures GmbH (26%) and Zurich Airport (5%) hold 74% stake in BIAL while government entities Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation (13%) and Airport Authority of India (13%) hold the remaining 26% stake in the airport.[18][19] Further, a 26% of GVK-KIA's equity is owned by AAI and KSIIDC and 74% by private promoters of which GVK acquired 43% in January 2012.[20][21]


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 in progress and expected to be operational by 2020 along with new terminal building.[6]

Repair work[edit]

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.[22][23]


Terminal 1[edit]

The passenger terminal is a single, fully air conditioned, four-level building accommodating international and domestic operations. The basement houses storage area and rest areas. The check-in counters and baggage reclaim belts are located on level 1. The arrival and departure areas are separated vertically with a simple straight-ahead flow system. The domestic and international departure lounges and retail outlets are on level 2.

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 airport has been constructed to 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. 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, 45 aircraft parking bays with fueling pits and 18 remote bus bays. The car park can handle 2,000 vehicles.

The terminal also contains several retail outlets and lounges. Lounges include the VIP Lounge, inaugurated on 21 January 2011, and the Plaza Premium Lounge.[24][25]

Terminal 1A[edit]

Terminal 1A is an extension of Terminal 1, projecting from the east side of the terminal. It consists of 3 gates capable of handling widebody aircraft. The easternmost gate is considered Code F, meaning it is equipped to serve the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380.[14]

Hajj terminal[edit]

The airport has an exclusive terminal for Hajj pilgrims operating during the Hajj pilgrimage season. This terminal can handle up to 600 passengers at a time and has specially designated prayer rooms and hot water facilities for Wadu.

Other facilities[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.[24]

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]


IndiGo Airbus A320-200 aircraft on the ramp
Oman Air Boeing 737-800 at the terminal
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, Mysore (suspended), Pondicherry (suspended)
Air Mauritius Mauritius
Air Pegasus Chennai, Hubli, Kadapa, Madurai, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram
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, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
SilkAir Singapore
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Belgaum, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar, Vijayawada
Seasonal: Agartala, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Thai Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Tigerair Singapore
TruJet Hyderabad
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai


Airlines Destinations
Blue Dart Aviation Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Cathay Pacific Cargo Delhi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic
Leipzig/Halle, Singapore
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
FedEx Express Dubai–International, Guangzhou
FitsAir Colombo
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Singapore
SriLankan Cargo Colombo


BMTC Volvo buses connecting the city to the airport
The trumpet interchange connecting BIA to NH-7 as seen from above


The airport is served by metered taxis and car rental services.[26] Auto rickshaws are not allowed beyond the trumpet interchange leading to the airport, but passengers can get dropped off at the trumpet interchange and then use an airport shuttle bus from the interchange.[27]

Bus services provided by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) connect the airport to major parts of the city. These services known as Vayu Vajra are operated using a fleet of Volvo B7RLE buses.[27][28] The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs a non stop service from the airport to Mysore and Kundapur Via Manipal named FlyBus.[29]

Proposed high-speed rail link[edit]

As the airport is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the city railway station, a new high-speed rail link has been proposed to connect it to the city.[30] The high-speed rail link would be integrated with the Bengaluru Metro and would cover a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi) from Cubbon Road to the airport with intermediate stations at Hebbal and Yelahanka.[31] The project is expected to cost 69 billion (US$1.0 billion) of which the State Government would contribute 53.2 billion (US$800 million) and the Central Government would contribute the remaining 10.4 billion (US$160 million).[32]

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.[33]
  • At the Emerging Markets Airports Awards 2010, held in Dubai, BIA was awarded "The Best Emerging Airport in Indian sub-continent."[34][35]
  • 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.
  • At the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 held at Delhi, BIA was awarded "The Best Managed Airport in India."[36]


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