Decongesting Bengaluru Airport: BIAL Draws Plans To Ease Traffic Congestion On Airport Premises

Bengaluru International Airport is growing at a rapid pace and with its growth, passenger traffic is also growing, increasing the pressure on the infrastructure, in and around the airport. Keeping this in mind, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), the entity operating Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), is making plans to ease traffic congestion in the premises of the airport, reported the Times of India.

BIAL is planning an upgradation of 5.5 km four lane road from the passenger terminal to trumpet exchange and will convert it into a 10 lane road. BIAL is also mulling to build a flyover connecting trumpet junction to the proposed Terminal 2 along with dedicated lanes for trucks to reach the cargo terminal of the airport.

Adequate space will also be allocated to the pillars and stations of the phase two of the Namma Metro connecting KIA from Nagawara. Two of the stations of the Metro are planned on the airport campus- one at the terminal and other at KIA road.

“We are implementing a phased airport development programme to achieve an airport capacity to handle 55 million passengers annually by 2030 and 1 million tonnes of cargo,” a BIAL official told ToI while maintaining that nothing is set in stone and everything is in initial stages.

Passengers should remain prepared for facing some inconvenience during the road upgradation process and elevated corridor works.

TThe KIA is handling 26.9 million passengers in 2018 compared to 10 million passengers in 2008. This number will increase more than two-fold once the Terminal 2 becomes operational.