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Bangalore Kempegowda (BLR) Airport

Bangalore Kempegowda BLR Airport Overview

Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport BLR - renamed from 'Bengaluru International Airport', in honor of the founding father of Bangalore, Kempegowda - serves India's southern State of Karnataka and its city of Bangalore.  The Airport, which replaced the former HAL airport, is presently ranked as India's fourth-busiest airport in terms of total passenger traffic.  Skytrax has awarded it 'India's Best Airport' for 2011.  Other awards include 'Best Emerging" and 'Best Managed' Airport in India. All together the Airport received 9 awards.

BLR Airport is located 4 km south of Devanahalli and 40 km from the central business district of Bangalore, coverig over 4,000 acres.  Note that the Hebbal - Kempegowda Expressway has now been completed, taking only 20 minutes of drive time.

With a very long & just renovated runway,  and an estimated 12.8 million passengers  a year, Bangalore Airport  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.

Bangalore 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 already 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.

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. Time needed to get from entry gate to counters, then on to & through Immigration, proceeding  to Security Hall Area and on to gates: at least 35 minutes.  BLR offers Visa-on-Arrival for 11 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 Ground level  of T1 is 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 of T1  upon entry,  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 leadig to concessions, including duty-free, and thereafter to International Departures Hall. 
At the right end of level 1 are international arrivals gates 17-20 leading  down to six International Arrivals Immigration check is bagage 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.
All gates 1 - 20 are arraged in a continuous line from west to east, divided into Domestic Departures with gates 1 - 7, and International deparures gates 12-17 & 19 & 20; with Swing gates 8-11in the center, and gates 17-18 being International arrivals.
Airline 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.

NOTE: The Terminal 1 expansion project is done in stages until completion in 2015. 'Terminal 1A' with over 150,500 sq.meters opened late 2013 and as a consequence, most of the following facilities have, or will, double or nearly double in size: Terminal area, check-in counters, USS, 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.

Parking at Bangalore Airport:  The present carpark with over 2,000 spaces is to be gradually expanded.  Parking facilities are divided into parking zones between 100 and 200 meters from the terminal, with easy walking distance.  If picking up a passenger, aim for parking areas P1, P2 or P3.

Pesent and future Airport developments:  Terminal 1's expansion work is to double its size  to accommodate the expected 17 million passengers a year by 2015.  Also, a new VVIP building is being built west of the passenger terminal.  Already, the second stage of expansion (constructon of new temrinal, second unway, txiways, aprons, aircraft parking )  received environmental clearance and is now awaiting final approval of the roject.
Furthermore, the  high-speed rail project is back on track to connect Bangalore with Mysore, Kolar & Hubli.  No completion date is yet available.


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