Bengaluru: The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has witnessed such massive growth in terms of air passenger traffic that Bengaluru will become like London’s Heathrow airport in a few years from now, claimed Hari Marar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the airport operator Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).
After a presentation on the ongoing and proposed infrastructure works at KIA and an interaction with the media, Marar said, “Over 100 capacity-enhancement projects are going on simultaneously now.”
Bengaluru airport will become the gateway to a new India, he said. “When Phase-I of the second terminal is completed in March 2021, an additional 25 million passengers are expected to use the airport while Phase-II, when completed, will cater to another 20 million passengers,” he added.
Apart from the terminal, a second runway, expansion of access roads, a remote parking that will accommodate 2,000 taxis and a new multi-modal transport hub form part of the development plan. “It will be a terminal inside a garden,” Marar said. There will be much thrust on greenery with hanging gardens, which will be a big draw. Sustainability, technology and innovation and showcasing the art and culture of Karnataka through digital media will be other plus points, he added. A dedicated art and culture museum, ‘Art Lounge’ will also find place here.
11/01/19 New Indian Express