Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, India, has closed its north runway for six-month-long rehabilitation and upgrade activities.

The rehabilitation activities on the northern runway include strengthening and resurfacing works, as well as the installation of centreline lights.

KIA currently has eight taxiways. Two additional taxiways will reportedly be constructed as part of the upgrade.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

According to local media reports, the enhancements are expected to provide the airport with the flexibility to operate both runways in low visibility and adverse weather conditions.

Kempegowda International Airport CEO Hari Marar was quoted by TNIE as saying: “A portion of the runway was closed eight years ago to carry out work along one portion. We are closing it completely for the first time.”

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During the upgrade period, the new south runway will be used for all flight operations.

South Parallel Runway, which was originally scheduled to be open three months ago, became fully operational this week.

Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) developed the indigenous aviation weather monitoring system (AWMS) for the new runway.

In addition to AWMS, the airport has installed four DrishtiTransmissometers, also developed by NAL.

An average of 90 arrivals and departures are said to currently take place at the airport.