Bengaluru (BLR) Airport
Bengaluru BLR Airport Overview
Bengaluru International Airport BLR serves India's southern State of Karnataka and its city of Bangalore. It has just received government permission to rename its airport after Bangalore's founder Kempe Gowda. 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.
As of December 2012, 50 million passengers have gone through the Airport since its opening in 2008.
BLR Airport is located 4 km south of Devanahalli and 40 km from the central business district of Bangalore and covers over 4,000 acres.
With a very long & just renovated runway, and an estimated 13 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.
Bengaluru Airport's terminal complex includes one 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. 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.
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.
The Ground level of the Terminal has, upon entry, offers a a few eateries, telephones and ATM machine; followed to the left by the International & Domestic check-in Hall with common use self-service; while to the right is an Information counter & the arrivals Hall from International arrivals emerge after picking up baggage in the baggage claim area and going through Red or Green Channel.
Level 1 of the Terminal has to the left Domestic departures and to the right International departures. Food & drink, as well as shops are in both departure areas. Leading to the gates is the Domestic departure hall with gates 1 - 7, followed by the 'Swing Area in the center with gates 8 - 11, and the International departure hall leading to gates 12 - 20. International Departures has six Emigration points and a customs area. After the International Security check , and by passing the concessions you arrive at the International Departure Hall. International Arrivals is located at the very right end of the building with Immigration checkpoints and elevator /escalator to the ground level's baggage claim area and customs facilities.
Domestic departure lounges are provided by Air India, Jet Aways & Kingfisher Airlines;
International departure lounges include Kingfisher, Oberoi and Leela lounges.
Terminal 1 expansion project is is done in stages until completion in 2015. Most of the following facilities 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 conducting trials and will soon be 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.
Bengaluru BLR Airport Update History
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