Members :Bangalore International Airport Limited – BIAL

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). BIAL has been given rights by the Government of India to develop, design, finance, operate and manage the airport for a period of 30 years from the date of commencement of commercial flight operations. It can also extend the right for an additional 30 years. Private promoters hold 74% (Fairfax 54%, Siemens Projects Ventures 20%) stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation 13% and Airports Authority of India 13%). BIAL is responsible for the Airport’s operations, commercial activities and infrastructure development in line with growing air-traffic.

The first phase of the KIA was concluded in March 2008 and it became operational on May 24, 2008, 33 months from the start of construction. The Master Plan has been developed to fulfill the need for an operationally efficient and passenger friendly airport for the city. It ensures that the size and capacity of the airport facilities can be gradually expanded based on the passenger and cargo growth. 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.

KIA was originally planned to accommodate 5 million passengers a year, but based on the unprecedented traffic trends, the airport was 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.

KIA in December 2013 inaugurated its new terminal which has been elevated in design, exteriors, facilities and infrastructure. The new Terminal not only reflects the city’s dreams but also the culture, ethos and landscape of Karnataka. Built on existing facilities efficient and passenger-friendly design, the infrastructure is at par with best in the world in terms of conveniences, with double the existing area, facilities to host some of the largest aircrafts and world class technologies. Airside infrastructure has also been further strengthened to cater to increased number of Aircraft movements. The new AOCC (Airport Operational Control Centre) serves as the nerve-centre of the airport and helps both airlines and concessionaires to streamline processes. This ensures smart decision-making and faster turnaround making the operations as well as travel through the airport more efficient and economical for passengers.

A second runway is under development with 2019 as the deadline for completion. A second terminal is scheduled to be completed in 2021, for which the phase 1 schematic design has been completed and detailed planning is ongoing. With the second Terminal, the airport will be able to handle 65 million passengers per annum. 

KIA handled traffic of 27 million passengers and 348,403 metric tonnes of cargo in 2017-18. 

Some of the recent wins by the airport include ‘Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia‟ by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2017 and Second Best Airport by Size (15-25 million passengers per year) by ACI ASQ Awards 2017.

- Link to BIAL website