RANK­ING OF KEMPEGOWDA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­PORT (KIA)

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KIA at Ben­galuru has been ranked as the sec­ond fastest grow­ing air­port in the world in 2018. Ben­galuru helped tran­sit 1,58,50,352 pas­sen­gers be­tween Jan­uary 2018 and June 2018, a jump of 41,80,852 pas­sen­gers or 35.8 per cent from first half of 2017, ac­cord­ing

to data com­piled by global air­lines events or­gan­is­ing com­pany Routes. In terms of growth, the city’s air­port is sec­ond only to Tokyo’s Haneda Air­port that han­dled 4,32,88,558 pas­sen­gers with a jump of 43,44,307 pas­sen­gers dur­ing the pe­riod. “Th­ese num­bers stand tes­ti­mony to the im­pres­sive growth of Ben­galuru as a new hub of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in In­dia, led largely by the knowl­edge econ­omy,” said Hari Marar, MD and CEO, BIAL, the com­pany that op­er­ates KIA. Other air­ports from In­dia to find a place in the top 20 are New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (IGIA) at the sixth slot and Hy­der­abad’s Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port RGIA) at the 17th slot. While IGIA saw a jump of 32,76,183 pas­sen­gers dur­ing the quar­ter, RGIA saw a jump of 20,97,087 pas­sen­gers. “To keep pace with this growth, KIA is on the cusp of tremen­dous in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment that will in­clude a new ter­mi­nal and a sec­ond run­way to en­sure that we are able to keep pace with the bur­geon­ing pas­sen­ger growth,” Marar added. IGIA con­tin­ues to be In­dia’s largest air­port han­dling 3,49,05,629 pas­sen­gers dur­ing the last six months. “Air­ports in China and In­dia ac­counted for ten of the top 20 fastest-grow­ing ma­jor air­ports in the world dur­ing the first half of the year, high­light­ing the grow­ing dom­i­nance of the coun­tries as avi­a­tion pow­er­houses,” said Routes in their re­port.

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