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% (GVK 43%, Siemens Projects Ventures 26% and Flughafen Zurich AG 5%) 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 new 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.
KIA handled traffic of 15.40 million passengers and 279,532 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014-15. The enhanced Terminal will be able to handle 20 million passengers per annum and the master plan envisages the construction of a new integrated passenger terminal, equipped with world-class technology to accommodate up to over 50 million passengers per annum.
Some of the recent wins by the airport include ‘Best Regional Airport in Central Asia‟ by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2015, Best Airport Award’ in South India and ‘Best Airport Aviation Marketing Award 2014‟ at the South India Travel Awards.
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