Tuesday, August 29, 2023

International flights to take off from KIA’s T2 on Thursday; 27 airlines to shift ops

Bengaluru: T2 of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will turn into an international terminal starting Thursday morning, with 27 airlines, including two Indian carriers Air India and IndiGo, shifting from T1 to the new 2,55,645sqm facility.

"Singapore Airlines' SQ 508 will be the first international flight to land at T2 at 10.55am and SQ 509, which will depart at 11.45am to Singapore, will be the first to take off," confirmed a senior KIA official.

A total of 25 international carriers, including Qantas, British Airways, Etihad and Qatar Airways, will start full-fledged operations from Terminal 2, while IndiGo and Air India will be the only Indian airlines to operate from the new terminal.

While Air India will shift both international and domestic operations from T1 to T2 Thursday onwards, IndiGo's domestic operations, which include close to 200 flights from Bengaluru, will continue to run from T1, sources said.

T2's Phase 1, dubbed Terminal in a Garden which is themed after Bengaluru, was constructed at a whopping Rs 5,000 crore and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 11, 2022.

It saw its first flight operation on January 15, 2023, by domestic carrier Star Air. AirAsia and Vistara gradually moved to the terminal with domestic operations.

An Emirates flight to Dubai will be the last international flight to take off from T1 (at 10.30am on Tuesday), and Air India's longest flight between San Francisco and Bengaluru will be the last to land at the terminal.

Domestic operations of AirAsia, Vistara and Star Air will continue from T2 alongside international services, while T1 will house domestic carriers IndiGo, Akasa Air, SpiceJet and Alliance Air, airport sources added.

29/08/2023 Times of India

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