Delhi to Bangalore – A Visit to the Silicon Valley of India

Delhi to Bangalore – A Visit to the Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore is the Garden City of India. The greenery in Bangalore cannot be beaten by any other city in the country. Travelling from Delhi to Bangalore by flight is perhaps the best option that you have.

Kempegowda International Airport, also called KIA, is the chief airport in operations for the city of Bangalore. It serves as both a domestic and as an international airport. The airport is spread over 4000 acres. The location of the airport is 40 kilometre from the famed city centre, Majestic. Majestic is now called Kempegowda Bus Station (KBS) and is the central hub for buses in the city. The airport is located in Devanahalli, which is on the Bangalore to Hyderabad highway. The airport is managed and owned by BIAL (Bangalore International Airport Limited). The company is public to a private consortium.

The old airport of Bangalore, the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) was a long service airport that handled mostly only domestic airplanes. As Bangalore started growing, the most dynamic city on the planet needed a much bigger airport. The number of passengers began increasing alarmingly on a daily basis, and the HAL Airport was too small to handle the traffic. The Kempegowda International Airport was opened for public use in May 2008. The airport is named after Kempegowda, the founder of the city of Bangalore, Karnataka’s capital. The airport is Karnataka’s first entirely solar-powered airport. It is the third busiest airport in India, led by the airports of Mumbai and New Delhi. The KIAL is also the 32nd busiest airport in Asia. The Delhi Bangalore flights schedule probably has the second most air traffic in India.

Kempegowda International Airport handled more than 27 million passengers during the calendar year of 2017. About 320000 tonnes of cargo has been handled by this airport alone. There is a single runway in the airport. The same runway is used for both domestic and international flights. Since the traffic keeps increasing, the construction of the second runway has already started. It is expected to be operational before September 2019. Kempegowda International Airport is the focus city for India’s most popular airline – Air India, and also for Spice Jet. AirAsia India, Jet Airways, Alliance Air, etc. look up the airport as a hub.

Terminals

Terminal 1 takes charge of both the domestic and the international operations. The terminal covers a massive 150000 square meters in area and can handle more than 20 million passengers a year easily. There are a total of 12 gates that have been divided on the following basis. 6 gates are for the domestic airlines (gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The other six gates are used exclusively for the international airlines (gates 16, 17, 18, 25-26, 23-24, 21-22). The Airbus A380, the world’s largest airline carrier has a separate terminal for itself. Gate 25 handles the passengers for the A380.

Connectivity

The Kempegowda International Airport is very well connected by road. But the Bangalore traffic during peak hours causes a significant inconvenience to travellers. The NH 44 runs along the airport. Many cabs and rentals can pick up and drop off passengers. There are also buses run by the BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation), and even the Namma Metro Rail services are said to begin sometime in the future from the city centre to the airport.

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