Bengaluru city gears up for second runway and terminal

Bengaluru :Work on the second runway and second terminal at the city’s Kempegowda International Airport is in advanced stage of planning, a top state government official today said.

“The Bengaluru International Airport when it was constructed, the kind of growth that was projected was probably very, very understated…because the growth has been phenomenal, in fact, we are going to touch 18 million (passenger capacity) by year end, and it is growing very fast”, Principal Secretary, Department of Infrastructure Development, Vandita Sharma said.

“All these are in advanced stages of planning, so we really need to cater to the flying population,” she added.
“We have to now keep up the pace by providing all the facilities, well I can inform here that Bengaluru International Airport is trying to keep pace – the second runway work is starting now, and also the second terminal work is going to start very soon”, she said.

Speaking at the inauguration of India MRO-Aerospace and Defence- 2015 here, Sharma pitched Karnataka as the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) hub of India.

Karnataka Minister for Infrastructure development Roshan Baig inaugurated the two-day event and highlighted the state government’s initiatives for Aerospace industry to “flourish”.

“To ensure that infrastructure requirements of the industry are met, state government has proposed to set up an aerospace safety net near the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli, where 1,000 acres are to be devoted to the expansion of aerospace activity, particularly MRO outsourcing”, Baig said.

Government is also promoting setting up of an aerospace university, he added.