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Inside Bangalore's swanky airport terminal

Last updated on: December 19, 2013 20:30 IST

Image: New terminal at Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has received a new identity.

Besides being renamed Kempegowda International Airport, the swanky airport has also got a Rs 1,500 crore (Rs 15 billion) makeover. 

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Inside Bangalore's swanky airport terminal


The airport has been renamed in the honour of Kempe Gowda, a king under the Vijayanagar Empire who ruled the region that is now the city of Bangalore.

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The airport now boasts of a new terminal with a modern design, plush exteriors and many amenities. 

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The terminal has 26 boarding gates, 15 aerobridges (including 1 Code F to facilitate A380).

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A new, high-tech AOCC (Airport Operational Control Center) serves as the nerve-centre of the airport and helps both airlines and concessionaires to streamline processes, BIAL says.

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Inside Bangalore's swanky airport terminal

Image: VIP Terminal

This ensures smart decision-making and faster turnaround and makes travel through the airport more efficient and economical for passengers. 

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It promises world class facilities to make travel a comfortable experience.

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The terminal has short walkways and makes it easier for passengers to move about inside the building.

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Passengers can enjoy the comfort of more check-in counters, seating areas, a large security hold area and added aerobridges. 

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Promising a great shopping experience, the airport will also have a new platform for local cuisines and art forms.

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“The airport not only reflects the city's dreams, but also the culture, ethos and landscape of the state of Karnataka. At the same time, the terminal is at par with the best in the world in terms of conveniences, with double the existing area, facilities to host some of the largest aircrafts, and world-class technologies,” GVK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director GVKPIL and Co-Chairman BIAL said.

Inside Bangalore's swanky airport terminal


The entire design has been created with the passenger in mind. 

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Being a LEED Gold certified building, it is also one of India's most eco-friendly facilities.

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The master plan ensures that the size and capacity of the airport's facilities is in line with passenger traffic forecast and projected cargo growth. 

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This airport has the capacity to handle to handle 20 million passengers annually. 

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Image: Interior of the VIP terminal.

A new VIP terminal has been built for prominent personalities who visit the city.

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Image: Interiors of the VIP Terminal

It was the fourth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic during financial year 2011–12 and fifth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic.

It was ranked as ‘India's best airport’ in 2011 by Skytrax.

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The airport is spread across an area of 4,000 acres, with 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

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The airport is expected to handle 18 million passengers in the year 2015.

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The airport is hailed to be a gateway to South India.