Interglobe Aviation has signed a 20-year lease agreement with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to open its second MRO facility in India.

The deal will see InterGlobe Aviation build a new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at the BIAL-operated Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. It will be InterGlobe Aviation’s second MRO and its first outside of Delhi.

The hangar is set to be built on five acres of land in the airport campus covering an area of 13,000m². The facility features an engine shop, a warehouse and engineering offices, and will be able to house two narrow-body aircraft.

IndiGo chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said: “Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), with its strategic location, will play an even more important role going forward.

“The outcome of this agreement will create more connectivity and open new markets, further enhancing its growth.”

“It is for this reason that IndiGo decided to build a hangar as the core of our maintenance centre in the south. This facility will become operational by 2020.”

The proposed facility is likely to start functioning from next March.

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BIAL managing director and CEO Hari Marar said: “At BIAL, we believe that we must always offer a comprehensive bouquet of services that will facilitate the growth of our airline partners.

“The outcome of this agreement will create more connectivity and open new markets, further enhancing its growth. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with IndiGo.”

IndiGo currently operates more than 1,300 flights per day, with 158 of those departing from Bengaluru.