The new international airport in Bangalore has been up and running since May 2008 and is called Kempegowda International Airport.
The airport is located in Devanahalli and is 40 kilometres from the centre of the city.
The Kempegowda International Airport opened since the HAL Bangalore airport was incapable of handling the traffic at the time.
The Kempegowda International Airport is the third busiest airport in India, besides Mumbai and Delhi and the busiest in South India.
The airport handles international as well as domestic flights and is the major airport for South India.
Kempegowda International Airport was also documented as the best regional airport in Central Asia in 2015 and is the second fastest growing airport in the world.
The airport is well-equipped to handle the ample daily traffic and is equipped with facilities such as the ATC tower for immediate operations related to civilian aircraft.
Terminals at the Kempegowda International Airport
Terminal 1 at the Kempegowda International Airport handles both the international and domestic flights. 20 million passengers pass through the terminal annually.
International flights from 21 destinations like Frankfurt, London, Abu Dhabi, China fly into the airport on a daily basis.
Frequent flights from domestic destinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Goa are handled by the airport. Daily traffic of 600 flights a day also includes Kochi to Bangalore, Chennai to Bangalore and Hyderabad to Bangalore flights. Multiple domestic flights are available on a single day to any of the 46 destinations in India.
Short-haul flights to cities like Belgaum, Mysore, Mangalore and Tirupati are also available at the Kempegowda International Airport.
With the unveiling of Terminal 2, the existing terminal will be used solely for domestic passengers.
The terminal is divided into different levels that handle various international and domestic services:
This level in terminal 1 hosts the arrivals. Domestic and international arrivals are to the right of the hall and the check-in hall can be found towards the left.
Domestic and International services are categorized as red and green channels respectively.
The departures’ hall can be found at the first level. To the left, is the domestic departures’ gates from 1 to 7 and to the right of the hall are the international departure gates from 12 to 20. Swing gates are 8 to 11.
The various lounges are Domestic departure lounge and International departure lounge. VIP lounges and Plaza premium lounge can also be found at this level.
Other services available on this level include immigration checks, customs, duty-free shops and a newly opened Day Hotel for passengers on long transits.
Other facilities available at the Bangalore airport
The prayer hall at the Kempegowda International Airport is available to both International as well as domestic passengers.
It is situated behind the seating area of Gate 01 near the domestic departures. The second prayer hall can be found near the international departure area adjacent to Gate 35.
The lost and found counter is located outside the main building and is in an area designated as the Airport Information Counter. It is nest to Arrival Gate 5.
The Day Hotel at the Kempegowda International Airport has been launched by the Plaza premium lounge. It is an ideal option for passengers who have early flights or long transits to rest up before the next leg of the journey.
It is located in the Domestic hall of Terminal 1.
The various rooms include studios, double rooms and family suites.
Price for a single resting area is Rs. 2500 for duration of 3 hours.
The Kempegowda International Airport car park can hold up to 2000 cars at a time. The charges are Rs. 90 for up to 4 hours and Rs. 45 for every additional hour.
Free drop off and pick up are available near the airport terminal as long as the passengers do not exceed 90 seconds of the allotted time.
Apart from the Day Hotel inside the airport, the Kempegowda International Airport also has various transit hotels in the vicinity.
Taj Bangalore is located right opposite to Terminal 1. Prices start at Rs. 8000 per night for a single room.
Stores inside the Bangalore airport are the Lotus House, Shoppers stop, FabIndia, Relay, Crossword and Just in Vogue.
These shops will keep you busy until the time comes for you to board your flight.
The following airlines fly out to and from Terminal 1 at the Kempegowda International Airport:
The second terminal at the Kempegowda International Airport is currently under construction and is being built under the Rs. 13,000 crore development project. Expansion to the Kempegowda International Airport includes a second runway, access road expansion, internal road infrastructure and new multi-modal transport hub.
The project was undertaken in order to cater to the ever-changing requirements of the civil aviation market. In the previous year alone, the Kempegowda International Airport served around 27 million passengers.
Terminal 2 is being designed as a reflection of the city and pays homage to Karnataka’s heritage culture as well as Bangalore’s tag as the ‘Garden city of India’.
With the unveiling of the new terminal, Kempegowda International Airport hopes to become the ‘Gateway to a New India’.
The terminal will substantially increase the capacity of the Bangalore airport by retaining a simplistic philosophy and minimizing the walking distance for passengers. The first phase will cater to an additional 25 million passengers and the second phase to 45 million passengers by the year 2030. This substantially increases the Bangalore’s passenger handling capacity to 70 million.
The second runway, however, will be open by September 2019.
As the first Greenfield airport in India, the Kempegowda International Airport was built as a public-private partnership with the Government of Karnataka, holding a 26 per cent stake.
The airport is located at Devanahalli which is 40 kilometres north of the city of Bangalore.
There is no dearth of airport cabs at the Bangalore airport. There are prepaid options as well. The minimum cost for a cab to the city is Rs. 800. App-based cab services can also be availed at designated pick-up zones within the airport complex. Uber and Ola's zones are located near the Café coffee day and BMTC bus stand respectively.
Airport buses ply to and from the Kempegowda International Airport and connect to various locations around the city every 30 minutes. The tickets are priced nominally and the buses are very convenient to travel in. The costs vary from Rs. 170 to Rs. 300 for a single journey.