Now South India’s busiest airport and India’s third largest
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced that the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) welcomed its 15 millionth passenger on late Sunday evening, March 22, 2015 marking the airport’s graduation to the mid-sized airport category (15 to 25 million passenger airports) classification within seven years of initiating operations. With this, KIAB has established itself as South India’s busiest airport and India’s third largest airport. A previous traffic record was set in the last financial year, when the traffic figure was 12.86 million passengers.
Similar category airports around the world – Abu Dhabi, Berlin TXL, Brisbane, Brussels, Dublin, Seoul GMP, Stockholm ARN, Zurich to name a few.
“This milestone is a reinforcement of KIAB’s commitment to provide its passengers a seamless travel experience combined with good connectivity, world-class infrastructure and service delivery excellence. With this exponential growth we have consolidated our position as India’s third largest airport and South India’s busiest airport with highest passenger traffic. KIAB will most likely end the fiscal year with 15.24 million passengers” said Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, BIAL.
The 2014-15 passenger traffic report at KIAB shows an upswing by 19.3% marked by 21.4% growth in domestic and 11.2% growth in international traffic while the air traffic movements (ATMs) rose by 13.2% this fiscal year as compared to same time last year. Fiscal year 2014-15 witnessed 15.9% growth in cargo, led by 25.3% growth in domestic and 10% growth in international cargo. Supporting Karnataka’s vision of becoming a pharma hub, the airport cargo partner Menzies Aviation Bobba inaugurated its Pharma Cold Zone in 2014. KIAB’s cargo partner Air India SATS will soon set up its ‘AI SATS CoolPort’ perishables handling center at the airport.
Connections from KIAB today –
- International Airlines: 26 (including 7 freighters)
- Domestic Airlines: 7 (including one freighter)
- International destinations: 16
- Domestic destinations: 34
- Tip wins 2015:
- Best Regional Airport in Central Asia by Skytrax
- Dream company to work for in aviation by World HRD Congress
Growth Drivers –
- Geographical position – Centre of the Southern Peninsula
- MICE destination
- Increased regional connectivity
- Country’s IT and BT hub
- High yield business dass traffic and VFR market