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Bengaluru International Airport

Bengaluru International Airport is located 4 km south of Devanahalli and is 40 km from the central business district of Bangalore, 30 km from the Bangalore City Railway Station) and covers 4,000 acres . It replaced the HAL airport. For the financial year 2010-11, it was the fourth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic of 11.59 million and fifth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic. It has been awarded "India's best airport" for the year 2011 by the survey conducted by Skytrax. Bangalore International Airport pincode is 560300

The airport handled about 9.3 million passengers and had air traffic movements (ATM) of about 280 per day in the year 2009. The airport is expected to handle 17 million passengers in the year 2015. It is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and rest of the world and serves as a hub for Kingfisher Airlines and a focus city for Jet Airways, JetLite, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir. Former Air Deccan too had its base at BIA.

Passenger Terminal
The passenger terminal is a single, fully air conditioned, four-level building capable of accommodating international and domestic operations. The basement houses the retail storage, rest areas and services. The arrival and departure areas are separated vertically with a modern, simple, straight-ahead flow system. The domestic and international departure lounges, and the majority of the retail outlets are located on level 2 (first floor). The check-in facilities and baggage reclaim are located on level 1 (ground floor). The terminal is designed for ease of operation and minimum maintenance.

The total floor area is approximately 71,000 m2 (760,000 sq ft) and the terminal building is designed to accommodate 3,000 passengers at peak hour. The design reflects the best industry practice and caters for 24-hour-operations, under all weather conditions. The airport well meets the standards set by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The airport can handle 11 million people per annum with 27 aircraft movements per hour and an estimated 550 movements. At its peak, it can handle 720 aircraft movements in a day.

Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) enabled check-in counters: 54 and 20 self check in counters.

The airport has 20 gates, 8 aero-bridges, including one double arm, and 19 remote bus bays. There are a total of 42 aircraft stands, all of which have a fuelling pit. This is the first time in Indian airports that the parking stands have the fuelling pits. The underground pits helps the aircraft to fuel from the stand itself. In the first phase of development, a car park for 2,000 cars in front of the terminal building at the ground level has been developed for the convenience of passengers and visitors to the airport.

Hajj Terminal
Bangalore International Airport has an exclusive terminal for Hajj pilgrims. This terminal covers an area of 1,500 square metres (16,000 sq ft) and can handle up to 600 passengers at a given time. Designated prayer rooms for men and women and separate hot water facilities for Wadu (cleansing before prayers) are available in the terminal.

Runway
The airport has one runway that can accommodate all types of aircraft. There are plans to build a second runway when the annual traffic of the airport reaches 18 million passengers per year which is currently estimated to reach around 2013-2014.

Retail Services & Lounges
As well as a range of retail outlets the airport has a number of dedicated departure lounges: Domestic departure lounges are provided by

  1. Air India
  2. Jet Airways
  3. Kingfisher Airlines
  4. International departure lounges include
  5. Kingfisher Lounge
  6. Oberoi Lounge
  7. The Leela Lounge

On 21 January 2011, a new VIP departure and arrival lounge was inaugurated. One lounge which is present at level one of the terminal will serve departing domestic and international dignitaries and the other on the ground floor will serve arriving dignitaries.

Aviation Fuel Services
The airport has a Fuel Farm and Hydrant System of the airport, a 36 kilometres (22 mi) fuel pipeline was commissioned in October 2009 by Indian Oil from Devanagonthi to the airport to reduce the need to transport jet fuel to the airport.

Cargo Village
The cargo village was inaugurated on 9 December 2009. It houses 120 freight forwarders and 80 custom house agents and can accommodate parking of nearly 80 trucks. There are two cargo terminals in the village. One of the terminals is operated by Menzies Aviation Bobba Pvt Ltd. This terminal has an initial capacity to handle 150,000 metric tons (170,000 short tons) of cargo. The other terminal is operated by Air India SATS Joint Venture consortium. This terminal has a two floor warehouse with a capacity of 200,000 metric tons (220,000 short tons).

Construction
The airport project started as a public-private joint venture between Germany's Siemens group, Government of Karnataka and Airports Authority of India (AAI). Construction of the airport began in July 2005, after a decade long postponement. The new airport was originally planned to accommodate 3.5 million passengers a year, but this was redesigned to handle 12 million passengers per year. The redesign resulted in an increase in the size of the terminal, number of aircraft stands, new taxiway layouts and supporting infrastructure.

A plan is also being processed for a direct rail service from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station to the Basement Rail terminal at the airport. Access on the National Highway 7 has been widened to a six lane expressway.

The airport was expected to be inaugurated on 30 March 2008 but due to delays in air traffic control (ATC) services, it was finally inaugurated on 23 May 2008 just before midnight when a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai landed here. Also, minutes later an Indian flight to Singapore left Bangalore International Airport, making it the first ever take-off from the airport.

BIAL is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate the Bangalore International Airport. BIAL has been given rights by the Government of India to develop, design, finance, operate and manage the airport for a period of 30 years from the date of commencement of commercial flight operations. It also has an option to extend the right for an additional 30 years. Private promoters hold a 74% (GVK 43%, Siemens Projects Ventures 26%, and Unique Zurich 5%) stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation 13% and Airport Authority of India 13%)

Proposed High Speed Rail Link
As the airport is 40 kilometres (25 mi) outside the city, a new high-speed rail link has been approved to connect the city to the airport. The high speed rail link would be integrated with the Bangalore Metro and would cover a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi) with four stations: Cubbon Road (Terminal Station), Hebbal, Yelahanka, and Bangalore International Airport (Terminal Station). The project is expected to cost 6,900 crore (US$1.52 billion). Of the 6,900 crore (US$1.52 billion), the State Government would contribute 532 crore (US$117.04 million) (mainly for land acquisition) while the Central Government would contribute 1,040 crore (US$228.8 million).

Passenger Airlines
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air China Chengdu
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Dubai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Male, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
Air India Regional Agatti, Chennai
Air Mauritius Mauritius
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
British Airways London-Heathrow
Dragonair Hong Kong
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
GoAir Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Jammu, Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara
Jet Airways Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur [resumes 25 March], Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam
JetLite Ahmedabad, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Lucknow
Kingfisher Airlines Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dubai, Goa, Hubli, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudi Arabian Airlines Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
SilkAir Singapore
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SpiceJet Agartala, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Srinagar, Visakhapatnam
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tiger Airways Singapore

Cargo Airlines
Airlines Destinations
AeroLogic/DHL Bangkok, Leipzig, Singapore
Air India Cargo Ahmedabad, Chennai, Dammam, Delhi, Frankfurt, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram
Blue Dart Aviation Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi
Cathay Pacific Cargo Delhi, Hong Kong
Deccan 360 Ahmedabad, Kochi
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi
FedEx Express Dubai, Guangzhou
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Singapore

Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) Pin Code is 560020.

International Airport Departure Procedure
All our international passengers should complete their immigration process before proceeding for Security Check. Once this is done, you can proceed to the first floor for the domestic pre-embarkation security check. After completing this, please proceed to the indicated gate for boarding. Our Flight Information Display Systems installed at accessible points will guide you with flight details.

According to regulations for all airlines flying within India, passengers are allowed only one piece of hand baggage not weighing more than 7 kilos. However, items purchased by passengers at any of the airport stores post security check, is allowed on board without any restrictions. The policy for check-in baggage is as per destination and weight specifications given by the particular airline. If you need assistance at any point, contact the airport personnel on duty. Or approach our Information Desk located in the Arrival Hall, which provides round-the-clock service to address all passenger queries.

How to Reach Bial
By Road: Taxi services are available for passengers commuting to and from the airport. An alternative to Taxis passengers can use car rental services. Auto rickshaws are not allowed beyond the trumpet interchange leading to the airport, but passengers can get dropped off at the trumpet interchange by an auto rickshaw and then use an airport shuttle bus from the interchange to the airport.

Airport shuttle service provided by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), connects various parts of the city to the airport. This service is known as Vayu Vajra. BMTC runs a total of twelve routes using its fleet of Volvo buses. These buses make a total of 251 trips in a day. Vayu Vajra is a 24/7 service. All Vayu Vajra services have route numbers designated with a BIAS prefix.

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