Sunday, January 15, 2023

Bengaluru Airport Terminal 2 Opens For Domestic Flights

Bengaluru’s brand-new Terminal 2 at Kemepegowda International Airport (KIA) has commenced services. The sustainability-focused terminal officially opened on Sunday morning with Star Air performing the inaugural flight, a short service to Kalaburagi (GBI), which departed at 08:40. The Embraer regional jet made a quick turnaround, touching back down in Bengaluru at 11:25.

The 250,000 square meter terminal was initially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in November 2022. Flights had been planned to begin in December but were pushed back to mid-January following construction delays.

During its first few months of operations, as airlines shift to the terminal, Terminal 2 will exclusively operate domestic services. Star Air is currently the only airline operating out of the terminal, though AirAsia, Air India, and Vistara are set to launch flights over the next few weeks. The terminal is expected to provide capacity for up to 25 million passengers annually.

Quoted by the Times of India, Bengaluru Airport managing director and CEO Hari Marar celebrated the opening as a historic day for the airport.

“The new terminal will initially carry out domestic operations and in the next 15 to 30 days other airlines will begin operations from here too. The T2 will gradually turn into a fully domestic terminal by the end of March and the beginning of the next financial year will see international operations.”

Bengaluru’s glossy new sustainability and innovation-inspired terminal reflects the city’s designation as the Garden City and Silicon Valley of India. Harnessing technology and environmentalism, the airport has constructed a unique interior and exterior for the building, featuring garden-inspired décor nestled between 10,000 square meters of green walls and hanging gardens.

15/02/23 Molly Russell/Simple Flying

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