Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Bengaluru airport’s Terminal 2 to begin domestic operations on January 15

Airline operations at the much-awaited Terminal 2 of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will begin on January 15. While the only airline that will run on the day is the Star Air, other domestic airlines will begin operations in a few days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated Terminal 2 of the airport on November 11 last year.

“We are delighted to announce the commencement of operations from the all-new T2 at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. Our passengers have been using Terminal 1 since the start of our operations in January 2019. We are excited to be the first airline to make a transition to this new and state-of-the-art terminal on the cusp of our 4th anniversary,” said Simran Singh Tiwana, CEO, Star Air.

The first Star Air flight from Bengaluru to Kalaburagi is scheduled to take off at 8:40 am on January 15.

“We are ready to welcome customers of Star Air at our newly inaugurated Terminal 2, offering a distinctive and enhanced travel experience for the passengers. The new terminal will soon be opening doors to passengers of other airlines as well. This will be done in a phased manner as and when the facilities and processes for smooth transition of airlines from T1 to T2 are completed,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).

The terminal, for which planning began in 2018, is equipped to handle at least 25 million flyers annually. The phase 1 of Terminal 2 was built at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. It is spread across 2,55,000 sq m. Once phase 2 is ready, airport officials said, the terminal can handle 20 million more flyers. Combining Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the airport will be able to handle at least 65 million flyers annually, according to the officials.

11/01/23 Indian Express

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