Thursday, October 11, 2018

Terminal 1 only for domestic flights?

Bangalore: When Terminal 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) becomes operational by March 2021, the existing terminal is likely to stop international operations.
In other words, the existing terminal will cater exclusively for domestic flights. This proposal has been mooted in the Master Plan. The upcoming terminal, however, will cater to both domestic and international passengers.
Reduction of operational cost and improving efficiency are the main reasons cited for having a dedicated domestic terminal. BIAL’s response to the proposed idea to have a dedicated domestic terminal did not elicit any response. It neither confirmed nor denied the proposed plan.
Terminal 2 will be built in two phases with Phase 1, covering 255,000 square meters. It is expected to be operational by March 31, 2021.
The first phase of this terminal will cater to 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA), while the second phase of Terminal 2 – still in planning stage - will be built for an additional 20 MPPA. Once operational, the combined capacity of both terminals will be 70 MPPA.
Construction is scheduled to begin during the middle of 2018 and Terminal 2 is expected to be operational by 2021. US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed T2, while Turner International will execute this expansive project. The existing terminal is envisaged to cater to about 20 million passengers a year. However as per data available, the airport, which is currently the busiest airport in South India and the third largest in the country, having served 26.91 million passengers in FY 2017-18, has reached its full capacity.
11/10/18 Bangalore Mirror
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