Interim terminal at T1 to increase KIA passenger capacity

Even as construction work for the second terminal (T2) at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is currently going on, an interim terminal is also being planned by airport operators, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). The interim terminal will be part of the existing terminal (T1) at the KIA along with a few enhancements.

“Interim T1 improvement is part of a series of enhancements to the existing terminal (T1) at the KIA to increase the passenger capacity of the Terminal, until the second terminal (T2) becomes operational,” an BIAL spokesperson said.

The Interim T1 will have additional facilities, which include new gates, baggage handling system for domestic arrivals and is scheduled for completion by the First Quarter of 2020. The T2 at KIA will be constructed in two phases. The first phase is expected to be completed by March 31, 2022.

According to BIAL, once completed, the 255,000 sq mt Phase 1 of T2 will augment the capacity of the airport by 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA). The second phase of Terminal 2 – still in planning stage – will be built for an additional 20 MPPA. Once operational, the combined capacity of both terminals will be 70 MPPA.

KIA is the third busiest airport in the country having catered to 26.91 million passengers in FY 2017-18. Officials said that the enhancement to T1 will increase the passenger-handling capacity.

“With these enhancements, the overall passenger-handling capacity of T1 will increase, thus enabling a smooth and stress-free travel experience for passengers at the Airport,” the spokesperson added.

BIAL has awarded the contract for the construction of T2 to Larsen & Toubro. The engineering procurement and construction order is valued at Rs 3,035.9 crore. US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed T2, while Turner International will be the project management consultant for this expansive project.

BIAL has said that T2 is being designed as an integrated terminal to handle both domestic as well as international passengers. Apart from the second terminal at the airport, a second runway is also being developed. The second runway will become operational on October 1 and can cater to all types of aircraft including A380, in all weather conditions.

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