Monday, May 22, 2017

Soaring high, aiming higher

Bengaluru:  In its ninth year of operation, the Kempegowda International Airport is the third busiest airport in the country. To accommodate the increase in passengers, it is busy laying out a new terminal and another runway

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has come a long way from handling around 8.7 million passengers in its first year of operation in 2008 to 22.18 million passengers in 2016, making it the busiest airport in South India and the third in the country after New Delhi and Mumbai.

To provide a hassle-free experience for passengers at the airport, various new initiatives are being undertaken at the airport and currently trials are on for the same. Bangalore Mirror takes a look at some of the initiatives.

Smart security lane

The Smart Security Lane is an integrated system that combines cabin baggage X-ray machines, an automated tray return system and an advanced image management platform to provide a seamless, more efficient, and less intrusive experience for passengers.

Waiting time to come down

It will considerably reduce waiting times at baggage screening, and mitigate the ‘clutter’ at the Security Check Area. The system has the potential to increase the number of bags processed per hour by nearly 60-100%.

Second runway

In its first year, 31 airlines operated from the airport, but now there are 45 airlines and several new routes will get added later this year. Work on the second runway has already commenced and it is expected to be completed by September 2019. It can cater to all types of aircraft, including A380 irrespective of weather conditions. Some airlines (for instance, wide-bodied) offer no services to and from Bengaluru and its operations were largely restricted to New Delhi and Mumbai. Come 2019, Big Birds can land at KIA and Bengaluru will become the second South Indian city to have a second runway.

No more for disruptions

Once the second runway comes up flight delays due to fog and other weather conditions will also cease. The second runway will be CAT III B ILS compliant CAT-III B which means flights can operate in visibility up to 50 m.
21/05/17 Hemanth C S/Bangalore Mirror

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