Bengaluru’s international airport is expecting passenger traffic to surge by 70% over the next two years as multinational companies pour money into the city known as the Silicon Valley of India.
Airport authorities laid out plans on Thursday for a nearly $2 billion investment that will add a new terminal and a second runway, boosting the airport’s capacity to 45 million passengers per year.
The Kempegowda International Airport, already the third busiest in India with 27 million passengers in 2017-18, is expecting traffic to triple in the next 10 years.
Authorities have said that they plan to make Bengaluru Airport as big as the Heathrow Airport in London. (London’s Heathrow Airport had about 78 million passengers walk through its terminals in 2017)
Along with a new terminal, Bangalore International Airport Ltd is also nearing completion of a second runway, capable of handling Airbus’s A380s(The World’s largest aircraft) and operating in near zero visibility.
The parallel runway construction at Kempegowda will be finished by the end of September 2019. The second runway will be four kilometre long.
The new terminal T2 will be built in two phases. The first phase will have 25 million passenger capacity. The new terminal will be environment-friendly and will adhere to the ‘The city of gardens’ image of Bengaluru. The terminal building will have lush green cover with trees specific to the city.
By September 2019, 3,000 acre will be developed out of the 4,000 acre the airport has. The airport is also in talks with airlines in India to make the Bengaluru airport their hub.
India’s total passenger traffic rose about 16.5 % in 2017-2018 to nearly 309 million, according to the Airports Authority of India, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. Boeing Co expects the country to become the third-largest commercial aviation market by the early 2023.