Bangalore completes 100 days of operation
Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) has now completed its first 100 days of operations, a period which has seen the facility handle 44,357 metric tonnes of cargo and oversee a 30% increase in the number of airlines and airfreight carriers visiting the city.
Four new international carriers now visit the destination, taking the number of airlines operating from Bangalore to 14, the highest in southern India. Two new freighter operations, Expo Aviation and Jett8 Cargo, have also started providing services from the facility.
The new airport is equipped with two separate cargo terminals, built and operated by Menzies Aviation Bobba Pvt Ltd and Air India SATS Joint Venture Consortium. The former is able to handle 150,000 metric tonnes of airfreight annually, while the latter has a two-floor warehouse with a capacity of 200,000 metric tonnes. Capacity from both terminals is twice the current annual cargo requirement for Bangalore, ensuring plenty of room for growth in the future.
“We are confident of meeting capacity requirements in the next 18 months,” said Albert Brunner, CEO of BIA. “We have had several teething problems in the first few weeks, but the situation has improved very fast.”
The second phase of construction at BIA will see a second passenger terminal added, plus a new runway, and is expected to be completed in another three to four years.