Bangalore Kempegowda (BLR) Airport

Bangalore Kempegowda BLR Airport Overview

Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport BLR* - renamed from Bangalore International Airport in honor of Kempegowda, the founding father of the city, who served  India's southern State of Karnataka and its city of Bangalore (then the City's British name). *BLR is the airport's Code; while BKIA used here is short for Bengaluru's full airport name.  BKIA replaced the former HAL airport, and is presently ranked as South India's busiest,  and India's third-largest  airport.  Skytrax recognized it in 2015 as 'Best Regional Airport in Central Asia'.  Other awards include 'Best Emerging" and 'Best Managed' Airport in India.
BKIA, covering over 4,000 acres, is located 4 km south of Devanahalli village, and 40 km from the central business district of the city of  Bengaluru - reached by the new Hebbal - Kempegowda Expressway, a 20 minute drive.
With a very long and recently renovated runway,  and an estimated 14 million passengers  a year, BKIA  is hub to Blue Dart Aviation, Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Aviation, and is served by domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
During its first 8 years in operation, BKIA has served 100 million passengers!

The new Day Hotel -sponsored by Plaza Premier Lounge (tel. +91  90 6678 4833 or e-mail india@plaza-network.com) - is located at  domestic departure check-in area of Terminal 1, level 2..  It includes 20 rooms in different categories (single, double, family & twin share). All rooms offer high-speed internet, work desk, tv, shower. Adedd servies (massage paror, shower, freshly prepared food) are available. 

Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport's terminal complex includes one integrated passenger terminal (T1) and a separate Hajj terminal which can handle up to 600 pilgrims. Terminal 1, opened in 2008, is undergoing considerable expansion work until 2015.  During this period proper signage will be posted throughout the terminal, and additional staff will be at hand, assisting passengers.

NOTE: 
- For real-time airport information, including flight updates, call 1800 425 4425; for feedback & compliments call +91 888 499 8888.
- Automated e-Gates have been installed at domestic pre-boarding security check areas, which open automatically upon passengers presentation of their 2D barcoded paper or mobile boarding pass. Thereafter passengers may head to security check hold area.
 - International arrivals need to have completed their immigration form prior to arriving at the immigration counter. For domestic transfer, proceed thereafter to Level 1 for domestic pre-embarkation secuirty check and then head for your boarding gate. At least 30 minutes are needed to get from entry gate to counters, then on to & through Immigration, proceeding  to Security Hall Area and on to gates.  BLR offers Visa-on-Arrival for 11 visa-waiver countries.
  - Mothers with infants, mobility-impaired passengers, PIO & OCI card holders and SAARC nationals have designated counters for speedy processing. 

Terminal 1 has four levels and is fully air conditioned. It serves both domestic and international operations.  During its ongoing expansion work, four temporary walkways provide safe access with proper signs & additional staff guiding you.  Upon completion of the project, T1 will have a new look and will also be able to handle large aircraft.  Note that the Information counter in the Arrivals Hall is open 24/7 and can answer all passenger inquiries.  While the expanded area (T1A) officially opened December 2013, further expansion work will continue until 2015.  The new Day Hotel (see details at 'On-Airport Hotel' above) is on level 2 at domestic departures.
    The Ground level is the Arrivals Level - divided into an International & Domestic check-in Hall to the left  -and - Domestic and International Arrivals with domestic area to the right;  past the baggage carousels are the red channel (domestic) and green Channel (international) areas.  The green channel houses International Arrivals, Duty-Free, Crossword & a cafe.  The Arrivals hall has an information counter in the center.    Outside of the Gound level are several food & drink concessions, including Subway., as well as currency exchange.
    The First level is the Departures level -  upon entry,  it leads to (a)  domestic departures (left) wish domestic security check, concessions, and domestic departure hall;  or (b) to International Departures (right) - which houses 7 emigration checks, customs and international security check leading to concessions, including duty-free, and thereafter to International Departures Hall. 
    The Gate areas: All gates 1 - 20 are arraged in a continuous line from west to east, divided into Domestic Departures with gates 1 - 7, with Swing gates 8-11in the center, and International departures gates 12-17 & 19 & 20.
At the right end of level 1 are international arrivals gates 17-20 leading down to six international arrivals Immigration checks, the baggage claim, customs & hand baggage check.  If connecting to another international flight: go down the escalator and walk around the rest rooms back to International transfer and gates.

VIP Lounges: 
- Domestic departure lounges are provided by Air India, Jet Aways & Kingfisher Airlines;
- International departure lounges include Kingfisher, Oberoi and Leela lounges.
- Plaza Premium Lounges:  Pay-in lounges are at both at international (near gate 17)  & domestic (near gate 2) departures.
- Kempegowda Airport VIP lounge on level 1 caters to departing domestic & international VIPs and making sure they have a smooth transit from arrival to boarding.

The Terminal 1 expansion project:
 - Upon completion, most of the following facilities have, or will have, doubled or nearly double in size: Terminal area, check-in counters, CUSS, Emigration & Immigration counters, domestic & international security checks; airbridges, & baggage claim belts.  Already new check-in counters are in place and the new Airport Operations Control Center is now fully operational.
- Currently Kempegowda Airport is using the new e-Gate System on a trial basis - with the intention of introducing them to other airports in India. 
- An 'Interactive Voice Response System' enables passengers to get current information (in English, Hindi & Kannada) via this system by dialing the tollfree number 1-800-425-4425.

Pesent and future Airport developments: 
- Terminals 1 & 2 (T1 & new T2): 
T1's expansion work is to double its size to accommodate the expected 17 million passengers a year.  New T2 is now in the designing stage. Thereafter, T1 will continue its expansion during new T2's first phase of construction phase 1 of which is to be completed by 2021, reaching a 20M passenger capacity - while the second phase of new T2 will continue thereafter. Together, T1 & T2 will have a capacity of 55M passengers annually.
Furthermore, the second stage of construction includes a second runway, parallel taxiway, two cross-field taxiways linking the new runway with current north nunway and T2 apron, and the widening of present runway.


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