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.

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.

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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.”

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.