Bengaluru: Bengaluru’s international airport is expecting passenger traffic to surge nearly 70 percent in an expansion over the next two years as multinational companies pour money into the city known as the Silicon Valley of India.
Airport authorities laid out plans on Thursday for a nearly $2 billion investment that will add a new terminal and a second runway, boosting the airport’s capacity to 45 million passengers per year.
The population of south India’s biggest city has more than doubled since the turn of the century as banks, IT consultancies and startups set up bases, concreting over a city of trees, bungalows and lakes once favored by the country’s retirees.
The Kempegowda International Airport, already the third busiest in India with 27 million passengers in 2017-18, is expecting traffic to triple in the next 10 years, said Hari Marar, the chief executive officer of the airport.
“We will be as big as Heathrow is today,” Marar told a news conference on the expansion.
Along with a new terminal, Bangalore International Airport Ltd is also nearing completion of a second runway, capable of handling Airbus’s (AIR.PA) A380s and operating in near zero visibility.
09/01/19 Uday Sampath Kumar/Reuters