Bengaluru to be a logistic hub

Bengaluru Airport Terminal

-Renu Rajaram
The work on Runway 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru will start by end of this year and the work on Terminal 2 will commence by early 2015, said Hari Marar, President, Airport Operations, BIAL, aprons too will be built along with this. If phase 2 of expansion goes as per the plan, the work on terminal 2 will be completed by 2018.
A metro station and car bay facilities are also planned in phase 2 of the expansion project along with more area for commercial spaces. The authorities say that there is a plan for allocation of land to develop a cargo hub too. This would cater to the development of Bengaluru as a logistic hub. The express way development is also underway.
The size and capacity of the airport facilities would be gradually expanded based on the passenger and cargo growth, says Hari Marar. It not only includes provision of premium land for commercial real estate developments such as office parks, retail, entertainment and hospitality but also land reserve for a rail link to the city. The intention of BIAL to develop an Airport City is in line with the increasing attention being paid to “Aerotropolises‟ globally. It is envisioned that the airport city will be a flourishing destination in itself.
Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) is a public limited company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate Bengaluru’s Greenfield private sector-owned and operated airport – the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. Private promoters hold a 74 per cent stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26 per cent. The airport was constructed through a private-public partnership, a first for airports in India. The airport was constructed through a private-public partnership, a first for airports in India. The Government signed a concession agreement with BIAL in July 2004 paving the way for development of Bengaluru’s Greenfield airport. The first phase of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru was concluded in March 2008 and it became operational on May 24, 2008, 33 months from the start of construction. The master plan of this airport has been developed to fulfill the need for an operationally efficient and passenger friendly airport for the city.
In the first phase, the airport has been expanded and modernised at a cost of Rs.1,500 crore to receive large aircraft like Airbus A380, which international carriers operate on long-haul routes the world over, said Bhaskar Bodapati, Senior Director of Finance and Support Services, BIAL. The airport has been built to reflect the city’s dreams, culture, ethos and the state’s landscape. The expanded terminal is spacious (75,000 sq m) and at par with the best in the world in terms of convenience and infrastructure. The new terminal has 86 check-in counters, 48 emigration counters, 26 boarding gates, 15 aerobridges, including one special one to facilitate A380. A new, high-tech control centre helps both airlines and concessionaires to streamline their processes. At present, the airport, after the expansion, will have the capacity to cater to 20 million passengers annually. About 1, 600 sq m space was added with the recent expansion, Food & Beverage space increased from 400 sq ft to 28-0 sq ft. The revamped launch and Airport Plaza is provides latest technologies and dazzling design. The airport plaza is of 3,700 sq ft, out of which 1,500 sq ft is retail space. F& B gets 1600 sq ft and about 600ft is allocated for other services. Around Rs 630 crore revenue is expected from tariff and traffic.
Befitting the Garden City, the airport has been designed, with over 100 acres of landscape greeting the traveler to bring out the essence of the city as a tranquil and green zone. Indigenous plants, trees and shrubs have been used to reflect the region’s natural beauty, while green practices make this LEED Gold certified infrastructure one of India’s most eco-friendly facility, said Atul Paunikar, Vice President, Design and Engineering, BIAL.
Hari Marar expects 8 to 10 per cent growth in next two years. Anticipating 30 per cent growth in traffic, a master-plan is made for the 4000 acres of land bank BIAL owns. 1200 acres is being developed with 1 runway now. The future plan is to develop real-estate, fuel farm and cargo hub and later to expand the facilities which would make Bengaluru a logistic hub too.

BIAL is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate Bengaluru’s Greenfield private sector-owned and operated airport – the Bengaluru International Airport. Private promoters hold a 74 per cent (GVK – 43 per cent Siemens Projects Ventures –26 per cent, and or Flughafen Zurich AG– 5 per cent) stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26 per cent (Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation – 13 per cent, Airport Authority of India – 13 per cent).

 

Terminal Factsheet Particulars Infrastructure
Terminal Area 1.5 million sq feet
Check in counters 86
Common Use Self Service (CUSS) 30
Emigration counters (Out-bound) 24
Immigration counters (In-bound) 24
Domestic Security pedestals 32
International Security pedestals 16
Aircraft aerobridges 15 Code-C or

7 Code-E & 1 Code-F

Baggage reclaim belts 13
Domestic 7
International 6

 

 

 

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