Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) will inaugurate the newly constructed second runway at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on 5 December.

New South Runway (NSPR) was originally scheduled to open next month but has since been delayed to ensure operational readiness.

The updated schedule of 5 December was announced after a validation flight successfully landed at KIA via the runway.

This validation procedure is essential to certify runway navigational aids and instrument procedures as recommended by civil aviation regulators.

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NSPR is around 4km-long and 45m-wide. It will support the landing of Code F aircraft, including the Airbus-380, in all weather conditions.

The new runway is CAT III-B Instrument Landing System (ILS) complaint, meaning that aircraft can safely land in low visibility and foggy conditions.

In a statement, BIAL said: “The new South Runway at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, nears operational readiness with the successful completion of validation flight on August 27.”

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Work on NSPR and design approvals for Terminal 2 started in 2017, while construction began in mid-2018.

BIAL recently selected Unisys to integrate and manage all IT and non-IT systems for the first phase of the second terminal (T2) at Kempegowda International Airport.

The airport operator has also raised a total of Rs102.06bn ($1.44bn) to execute various other expansion projects at KIA.

Last month, Kempegowda Airport collaborated with Vision-Box and passenger carrier Vistara to introduce a fully biometric-based self-boarding solution, intended to offer easy passenger processing from registration to boarding.

BIAL is a joint venture that comprises Fairfax holding 54% and Siemens Projects Ventures owning 20%, as well as the Karnataka Government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which own 13% each.