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An­nual pas­sen­ger traf­fic through Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KIA) at Ben­galuru, crossed 25 mil­lion last year. In In­dia, this vol­ume of pas­sen­ger traf­fic is ex­pe­ri­enced only at the in­ter­na­tional air­ports at Delhi and Mum­bai. In 2016, KIA had han­dled 22.18 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. An ad­di­tional 2.86 mil­lion peo­ple passed through the re­gion’s fastest grow­ing air­port in 2017. By cross­ing the 25 mil­lion mark, KIA has grad­u­ated to the higher cat­e­gory of 25 to 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, a stan­dard fixed by the Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional (ACI).

Air­port sources also re­vealed that De­cem­ber 2017 clocked an­other mile­stone. Air Traf­fic Move­ments, in­clud­ing depar­tures and ar­rivals of air­craft , touched the fig­ure of 600. A crit­i­cal fac­tor con­tribut­ing to this surge has been IndiGo’s record 116 daily depar­tures from Ben­galuru in De­cem­ber 2017.

Hav­ing bagged the Rs 1,358-crore con­tract to build KIA’s sec­ond run­way, in­fra­struc­ture ma­jor Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is ex­pected to commence work shortly. Com­ple­tion of this fa­cil­ity, dubbed New South Par­al­lel Run­way, in 2019 will boost the air­port’s ca­pac­ity to han­dle more flights and by im­pli­ca­tion, more pas­sen­gers. The new run­way will cater to all types of air­craft, the Air­bus A-380 in par­tic­u­lar and in all weather con­di­tions. It is es­ti­mated that once the sec­ond ter­mi­nal too be­comes op­er­a­tional, the air­port’s over­all ca­pac­ity to han­dle pas­sen­ger traf­fic an­nu­ally, could even­tu­ally go up to 55 mil­lion.

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