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Monday, 04 March, 2019, 13 : 15 PM [IST]

Benglauru Airport looking to double capacity by 2021

Ranked among the world’s fastest growing airports, the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru is aiming high, having unveiled an ambitious plan to more than double its traffic capacity - 20 million passengers per annum at present – by 2021.The construction of a new terminal (T2) would take place in two phases, with Phase-1 to be implemented by Larsen & Toubro Construction under a INR 3,035-crpre contract it bagged late last year. L&T Construction is already constructing the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR), apron and other auxiliary buildings at the airport. While details of Phase-2 of the project are yet to be announced, Phase-l would be executed under an EPC model. To be completed by 2021, it would cover an area of 255,000 sq mtr and increase the airport’s capacity by 2 5 million. The Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) expects traffic to grow by nearly 70% over the next two years and rise threefold over ten years.

The new terminal would further build on the airport's thrust on sustainability — as much as 67% of the airport’s present energy needs are met through renewable sources and harvested rain water and treated water cater to most of its non-potable water requirements. Says a BIAL spokesperson, "We plan to drive efficiency by making optimal use of natural light, use treated water, leverage Bengaluru’s moderate weather to reduce dependence on mechanical conditioning, and install PV solar panels to generate 4.13 MW of power in Phase-1.” For sustainable water management, all storm water and water discharge would be treated on-site. T2 would also be one of the first airport terminals in India to match global technological standards. From entry to the point where the passenger boards the aircraft, every aspect of her stay would be touched by technology.

"With the implementation of Digi Yatra which the Ministry of Civil Aviation proposes to do, the passenger’s face would become her biometric token, eliminating the need for an eTicket/boarding pass/identity card,” claims the spokesperson.

Several projects to upgrade the airport's systems are already underway. The NSPR being constructed by L&T Construction would be a Code F-compatible runway, enabling operations of the world’s largest aircraft. To make optimal use of waste water, a Segmentation Targeting and Positioning (STP) plant capable of processing 3 MLD is being built, as is a new waste management system. Says the spokesperson, "We are nearing completion of the Solid Waste Management project. It would make the airport the first in Asia to have an in-house sustainable waste management facility.”

In 2017, BIAL had announced that its existing terminal, designed to handle 20 million passengers per annum, was catering to traffic of 25 million.

Last year, Routesonline, a global airline event’s organiser, had placed the Kempegowda International Airport at the second place on the list of the world’s fastest growing airports.
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