Aviation

Bengaluru airport T2 phase-1 by 2021

BENGALURU

Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the company that runs the international airport in India’s technology hub said it will begin building a second runway and terminal in 2016 and expects to complete its first phase to handle 20 million additional passengers by 2021.

The second terminal (T2) would be constructed over two phases to handle 35 million passengers a year, a BIAL statement said, reports Business Standard. The T1 and T2 combined could potentially handle 55 million passengers. The cost of the project was not disclosed.

GVK group owned BIAL has commissioned US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to design the terminal 2 (T2). It will also expand the terminal 1 to accomodate growth till the first phase of the second terminal is completed.

In 2015, the airport handled 18.1 million passengers, a growth of 25.2 per cent over the previous year. With this, KIAL also gets into the medium sized airport cateogry (15-25 million) in seven years and becomes the country’s third largest airport after Delhi and Mumbai.

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