Bengaluru Airport welcomed 33 million passengers in 2018-19

24 April 2019 (Last Updated April 24th, 2019 11:52)

More than 33.30 million domestic and international passengers travelled through India’s Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) during the financial year 2018-19.

More than 33.3 million domestic and international passengers travelled through India’s Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR) during the financial year 2018-19.

This represents an increase of 23.8% compared to the previous year’s 26.91 million passengers.

BLR Airport is operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).

Data released by the airport shows that air traffic movements rose by 21.8%, with a total of 240,251 take-offs and landings against 197,330 last year.

Domestic traffic continued to be the main growth engine, with an increase of 24.8% to 28.82 million passengers, compared to 23.09 million last year.

“Passengers at the BLR Airport have come to associate our airport with a high-quality travel experience.”

During the 12-month period, a total of 4.48 million passengers travelled to and from international destinations, up 17.5% from 3.81 million the previous year.

Bangalore International Airport managing director and CEO Hari Marar said: “Passengers at the BLR Airport have come to associate our airport with a high-quality travel experience. Maintaining this experience poses a challenge, given the growth in passenger volumes we are currently witnessing.

“However, with careful hourly capacity management and investment in new technology, BIAL is committed to provide this to the best of our ability.”

Marar further added that the airport has launched a number of initiatives to make travel seamless for passengers.

The initiatives include the introduction of fully-automated self-bag-drop machines for fast baggage check-in and the smart security lane with automated tray retrieval system.

In order to support the growth, BIAL has launched an expansion plan and will invest INR130bn ($1.86bn).

Under the plan, it will construct a 255,000m² terminal, an advanced cat-IIIB code-F capable runway, and a landside expansion.