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As per reports in the media, passenger traffic at KIA crossed the 25 million mark reaching 25.04 million by the end of 2017. A total of 43 scheduled airlines now connect KIA with 62 destinatio­ns nationally and globally. Passenger numbers at KIA grew by 12.9 percent in the period January to December, 2017. Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) during the year recorded a 4.3 per cent growth over the previous year, according to traffic figures released by Bangalore Internatio­nal Airport Ltd (BIAL). Internatio­nal cargo handling increased by 10.4 per cent over the previous year while domestic cargo handling increased by 4.2 per cent. The cargo business at KIA accounts for 11 per cent of the state’s GDP.

Constructi­on work on the second runway is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 and the new runway is expected to be operationa­l by 2019. The second terminal T2 is set for commission­ing by 2021. US architectu­ral firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed T2, while Turner Internatio­nal will be the PMC for the project. T2 is to be built in two phases; the first phase catering to 25 million passengers annually and the second phase adding another 20 million passenger capacity. On completion of both phases of T2, the airport’s capacity will touch 65 million per annum. The new runway will cater to all types of aircraft, the Airbus A380 in particular and in all weather conditions.

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