KIA RECORDS GROWTH IN FY 2017-18

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The Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KIA) at Ben­galuru clocked an all-time record of traf­fic of 26.91 mil­lion pas­sen­gers dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year 2017-18, a 17.6 per

cent growth over the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year. The KIA also wit­nessed 197,330 Air Traf­fic Move­ments (ATMs) dur­ing the year, a growth of 10.8 per cent. Cargo move­ments saw a growth of 9.1 per cent with a to­tal of 348,403 met­ric tonnes be­ing air­lifted. The data, re­leased by the Ban­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (BIAL) also showed that dur­ing this pe­riod, 44 air­lines con­nected Ben­galuru to 67 des­ti­na­tions, 46 do­mes­tic and 21 in­ter­na­tional. The air­port wit­nessed the high­est-ever pas­sen­ger move­ment on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2018, with a record 91,339 trav­ellers pass­ing through the air­port that day.

Work on the sec­ond run­way and de­sign ap­provals for Ter­mi­nal-2 be­gan in 2017. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin in mid2018, with the sec­ond run­way op­er­a­tional by 2019 and T2 by 2021. US ar­chi­tec­tural firm Skid­more, Owings & Mer­rill (SOM), has de­signed T2, while Turner In­ter­na­tional will be the PMC for this ex­pan­sive pro­ject. T2 will be con­structed in two phases; the first phase cater­ing to 25 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally (MPA) and the sec­ond phase adding an­other 20 mil­lion MPA. On com­ple­tion of both phases, the KIA’s over­all ca­pac­ity will reach 65 mil­lion.

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