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New Routes, enhanced facilities mark 2013-14 as the year of growth at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

April 8, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

With the close of the FY 2013-14 Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) reported that over 12.86 million passengers were served in 2013-14, with 118,575 Air Traffic Movements (ATM) even as the year witnessed many new improvements and the operationalization of the enhanced terminal.

The airport, witnessed an average of 325 ATM’s per day. The Airport also experienced the highest year-on-year growth in ATM in FY 2013-14. Overall, the airport handled 7.3% more passengers as compared to 2012-13, with 10.23 million domestic and 2.63 million international travellers in 2013-14. The airlines witnessed average daily passenger numbers of 35,259 travellers, with seat load factors of 69% for Domestic and 75% for International flights respectively. 

Highlights of 2013-14

·         12.7% growth in Air Traffic Movements (ATM) witnessed in FY 2013-14. Highest recorded since May 2008
·         Average number of passengers (pax) per day in FY 2013-2014:  35,259 pax

·         Average ATMs per Day in FY 2013-2014: 325 ATMs
·         Passenger Numbers grow by 7.3%
Traffic development in 2013-14 
New domestic routes to and from Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru for the year include Imphal, Agatti, Surat, Mysore, Pondicherry, Guwahati, Belgaum, Tuticorin, Indore and Dehradun. Additionally, SpiceJet started international operations to Bangkok in October. New connectivity includes Air Costa which started domestic operations to Vijayawada and Jaipur. A first-of-its-kind airport initiative was introduced in 2013 when BIAL partnered with Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) to start the ‘Flybus’ service from Bangalore to Mysore to develop the intermodal connectivity of the airport.
The growth in traffic is a sign for us that this is an airport of choice for domestic and international travellers. Our focus will be to continue providing our passengers and airlines a seamless and unparalleled travel experience at this airport. This trend also reaffirms our commitment of making Bangalore a gateway to South India. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has achieved excellence through its commitment to efficiency, innovation and range of customer excellence programs. The airport delivers a high-quality experience backed by assured service levels and high reliability to its customers said, G V Sanjay Reddy, MD, BIAL.
Traffic figures in 2013-14

Apr13- Mar14 Apr12 – Mar13 % growth compared to previous Year
Passenger Total (in Mio) 12. 86 11.99 7.3%
Domestic Passengers 10.23 9.49 7.8%
International Passengers 2.63 2.50 5.2%
Air Traffic Movements (ATM) 118,575 105,188 12.7%
Domestic ATMs 99,267 86,848 14.3%
International ATMs 19,308 18,340 5.3%

Air traffic Movement (ATM) is the aircraft take-off or landing at an airport. These could be either commercial or non-commercial flights. For airport traffic purposes one arrival and one departure are counted as two movements.

Cargo Development in 2013-2014
Cargo volumes handled at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru in 2013-14 grew by 7.0% compared to 2012-13 to reach a total volume of 242,426metric tonnes (MT) in 2013-14.  The growth in cargo reflects the airport’s commitment to partners across the region, resulting in multiple cargo awards that the airport received last year. Parallel to this growth in volumes, the airport inaugurated dedicated cargo bays to serve freighter aircrafts and further improve the air cargo supply chain. The new cargo bays include six dedicated wide body freighter stands with seamless access to the cargo terminal. All the cargo stands are equipped with fuel hydrants and integrated leak detection system. The airport caters to Pharmaceuticals, Perishables (fruits and vegetables), Electronics, Engineering, Machineries, Automobile, Valuables, Textiles, Readymade Garments (RMG), etc. with origin across South India, addressing trade needs from SAARC, Asia, China, Europe, USA & Canada, Oceania and Middle East.
Cargo figures in 2013-14

 Apr13- Mar14 Apr 12- Mar13 % growth compared to previous Year
Total Cargo Load (MT) 242,426 226,667 7.0%
Domestic Cargo (MT) 91,925 82,756 11.1%
International Cargo (MT) 150,501 143,911 4.6%

New infrastructure in 2013-14
The airport recently introduced a new surface observatory weather station. This facility is in line with the airport’s commitment to safety and sustainability. The weather station set up at the airport will help in analyzing the climatic conditions by recording weather parameters in the area. This surface observatory at the airport will help in all Aviation and non-aviation needs. This information will be available to the public and aims at helping passengers get the weather forecast thereby helping them plan their journey.
The elevated Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) now has technologically advanced processes to enable faster and quicker decision in real time and comes equipped with a video wall to enable operators to have a common real-time information projection at a common visible area. This high tech infrastructure is the nerve-centre of the airport and helps both airlines and concessionaries to streamline processes to ensure faster turnaround making the operations as well as travel through the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru more efficient and economical for passengers.
New Services in 2013-14
For all domestic passengers arriving at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru with onward connection on the same airline can now avail the Domestic transfer facility. This facility is located on the domestic arrival corridor at Level 0 of the terminal. It is equipped with all infrastructure and facilities required to ensure a quick connection with minimum walking distance and a hassle free flow for passengers transferring through the airport.
Visa-on-Arrival was introduced in 2013 for visitors from 11 countries. This service is available to visitors traveling from Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Finland, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.
A first-of-its kind initiative for any airports in the country was introduced last year with the launch of porter service for passengers at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
New value-added service additions also include comfortable and convenient airport lounges at the domestic and international for all transit travellers at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru in 2013-14


Key honours

1.    Gold rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

2.    STAT Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo

3.    Special Outstanding Award for Best maintained Gardens by Mysore Horticultural Society

4.    Top Green IT Enterprise Award 2013 awarded by Schneider Electric and CIO Magazine



Infrastructure developments

1.    Enhanced terminal operational in February

2.    New surface observatory to help in all Aviation and non-aviation needs at the airport

3.    Seven dedicated cargo bays to serve Freighter aircrafts and further improve the Air Cargo Supply Chain



Connecting Bangalore to the world

1.    ‘Flybus’ service from Bangalore to Mysore starts

2.    Air Costa starts domestic operations

3.    Visa-on-arrival introduced

4.    New domestic routes include Imphal, Agatti, Surat, Mysore, Pondicherry, Guwahati, Belgaum, Tuticorin, Indore and Dehradun



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