The operator has already finalised plans for a second runway that will be operational by 2019. By 2021, the second terminal which would open in two phases will be able to handle over 65 million passengers.
US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed T2, while Turner International will be the PMC for this expansive project, Bial said.
Cargo continues to remain a key focus area for the business. Besides seeing incremental growth in the overall business, 2017 saw the introduction of a bonded trucking service that connects Coimbatore and Tirupur to the airport via road. The year also saw BLR Airport’s cargo operations scaling new heights, with an overall growth of 8.1 per cent, handling 339,461 metric tonnes. International cargo handling increased by 10.4 per cent over the previous year while domestic cargo handling increased by 4.2 per cent, it said in a statement.
The cargo business at BLR Airport accounts for around 11 per cent of the state’s GDP, substantially higher than the global average of 2-3 per cent. BLR Airport also accounts for highest exports of roses and mangos in their peak season from South India.
The airport will plan Heli Taxi service beginning February in partnership with Thumby Aviation, with an aim to connect passengers from the airport to electronics city, the software hub on Bengaluru outskirts.
Bial, which opened in May 2008, handled in 2009 - the first full year of operations - over 9.3 million passengers, as Bengaluru's economy grew due to an increased focus on technology firms. The rise in budget airlines also helped passenger growth in the city.