Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has witnessed a sharp
increase of 11 percent in cargo throughput, handling 386,780 tonnes in 2018-19
as against 348,403 tonnes in the previous year.
international cargo processed during this period was 242,650 tonnes (+10.3 percent)
compared to 2017-18 which recorded 219,899 tonnes, while the domestic cargo was
144,130 tonnes (+12.2 percent) as against 128,504 tonnes last year.
passenger front, a record 33.30 million passengers transited through the BLR
Airport. As passenger traffic continues to grow exponentially, Bangalore
International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of the BLR Airport has
undertaken a massive Rs. 13,000 crore capacity expansion to cater to the
long-term demands of the aviation market in India. This includes the
first-phase construction of a 255,000 square metre Terminal 2, an advanced
Cat-IIIB Code-F Capable Runway and landside expansion, which, once ready will
give the airport a substantial capacity boost.
MD & CEO, BIAL, said that creating a smooth and pleasant travel experience
for passengers remains his top priority. "Passengers at the BLR Airport
have come to associate our Airport with a high-quality travel experience.
Maintaining this experience poses a challenge, given the growth in passenger
volumes we are currently witnessing. However, with careful hourly capacity
management and investment in new technology, BIAL is committed to providing
this to the best of our ability. In order to support the growth at the BLR
Airport, we have introduced several technology initiatives such as the
fully-automated self-bag-drop machines, enabling passengers to complete the
baggage check-in in less than 45 seconds and the Smart Security Lane with
Automated Tray Retrieval System to make travel seamless. Our other pioneering
initiative that is set to go live soon is the biometric-based self-boarding
solutions as part of the government of India's Digi Yatra programme."
first phase of the new terminal is ready for operations in 2021, BIAL will continue
to make various technology enhancements and innovations to ease congestion and
ensure that travel through the airport is both seamless and delightful.
work on the second runway and terminal, as well as other supporting
infrastructure, is on at full throttle. All this will provide the BLR Airport
sufficient capacity to meet the demand over the next decade that this
unprecedented growth has created," Marar added.
addition of new airlines and new routes to familiar destinations were the main
driving factors as BLR Airport achieved this new milestone in passenger
numbers, registering a 23.8 percent growth over the previous year's 26.91
million. During the 12-month period, domestic traffic continued to be the main
driver of growth, accounting for 28.82 million passengers, an upswing of 24.8
percent over last fiscal's 23.09 million. A total of 4.48 million passengers
travelled to and from international destinations - a growth of 17.5 percent
over the previous year's 3.81 million.
plays a key role in driving the economy of the region offers a wide air-route
network - with over 37 passenger airlines and 12 cargo airlines connecting
Bengaluru to the rest of the world. Amongst the airports in South India, BLR
Airport continues to be the destination of choice for both domestic and
movements (ATMs) increased by 21.8 percent with a total of 240,251 landing and
take-offs compared to 197,330 movements last year. The average ATMs per day for
the year was 658.