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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plaza Premium Lounge to open in Bangalore

Plaza Premium Lounge will soon be opening two pay-in lounges and a day hotel at Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, India.

http://www.businesstraveller.asia/asia-pacific/news/plaza-premium-lounge-expands-services-to-bangalore

Don't know if this has been posted before. It looks very impressive! Pay-in lounges are a great idea!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ This is great news!

Of course you learn something new everyday Wink

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showcase Bangalore's reputation as "The Graden City"

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/bangalore-is-the-hottest-investment-destination-for-business/articleshow/24533064.cms

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Bangalore is the hottest investment destination for business

Bangalore has emerged as the hottest business destination in the country leaving behind bigger cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, says a recent survey by Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management (GIREM) and DTZ, the global leader in property services.

The report, which surveyed 21 business destinations across country, says good connectivity, high quality of talent pool, good availability of office space suiting different income groups, a high-quality education system and a welcoming, multifarious city culture has helped Bangalore notch the top slot. Bangalore ranks 1st with a total score of 129.56 out of 160 followed by Chennai at 127.84 and Mumbai at 123.64

"Bangalore has one of the highest footfalls of business travelers in the country, driven by the booming IT/ITes sector. It also has one of the most resilient real estate markets which offer commercial space at much more competitive rates compared to cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Gurgaon," says Shyam Sundar S Pani, President - GIREM.

According to the report, while popular destinations such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune continued to occupy top positions, the ranking revealed some unexpected contenders in the Top 10 league including Indore, Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, Coimbatore and Nagpur.

"Rapid and unplanned urbanization in the country over the past few decades has led to unprecedented job demand. Job creation is a crucial answer to this challenge which calls for the pressing need to develop new industrial townships and business districts to ease the pressure from the already saturated business destinations," says Anshul Jain, Chief Executive, DTZ.

Bangalore commercial space absorption that witnessed 105 million sft absorbed till date as compared to other top Indian cities led mainly by growth in leasing from IT/ITes firm, also helped fuelling growth in the residential real estate market


This took me by surprise - given the reality of horrible crumbling infrastructure in BLR - no roads, no water, no power etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't the expanded/new terminal supposed to open in November?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wasn't the expanded/new terminal supposed to open in November?


I don't know what the original date was, but there's still work going on across the terminal, the new "façade" is not ready yet (at least wasn't 2 weeks ago when I left BLR).
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somewhat surprised. I found Mumbai roads better than Bangalore, I know some of it was due to the metro construction. And water is only available about 3 to 4 times a week for a few hours, in many localities in Bangalore.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Terminal Extension to open December 14th.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Bangalore-Airport-to-be-renamed-Kempegowda-International-Airport-on-Dec-14/articleshow/26321958.cms

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Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the promoters of Bengaluru International Airport, said they would change the name of the airport to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, with the opening of the new Terminal 1A on December 14.

The new terminal will be inaugurated by chief minister Siddaramaiah and Union civil aviation minister Ajith Singh. "The new name honours Kempegowda, the founding father of Bangalore, and the renaming is being timed with the opening of the T1A where the facilities, interiors and exteriors mirror the rich culture of Karnataka and the vibrant colours of the Garden City," said G V Sanjay Reddy, MD, BIAL.

The expanded terminal, which spans over 150,500 sq meters, will more than double the floor space area of the current terminal. In addition, the new terminal will have a Code F aerobridge to accommodate an Airbus A380 aircraft. T1A will increase the number of check-in counters from 53 to 86, immigration counters from 18 to 24, and baggage reclaim belts from nine to 13.

Soon after the announcement of the T1A expansion, BIAL had launched the Smile Bengaluru campaign, inviting citizens to share their views on what they would like to see in the new terminal. "This is India's first airport built in collaboration with the citizens of Bangalore and the traveller community at large making it a truly inclusive airport," said BIAL.


The opening is to coincide with the renaming of the airport.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parents traveled from BLR to PNQ yde on 6E

Security was in mess and was rude, lot of fights happening between the security staff and passengers. Long lines for security.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Security was in mess and was rude, lot of fights happening between the security staff and passengers. Long lines for security.


Hmm - not good at all!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

abhijith16 wrote:
New Terminal Extension to open December 14th.


So is this.. Domestic and International, both? Or...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New Terminal Extension to open December 14th.


So is this.. Domestic and International, both? Or...


Both. The existing terminal is being expanded on 3 sides.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gate numbers at BIA have been changed.
Some of them now have a letter suffixed.

For e.g. there are gates 7, 7A, 7B,7C.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Bangalore-Airport-to-handle-2-crore-passengers-earn-Rs-23000-crore-yearly/articleshow/27308361.cms
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the BIA will be renamed as Nadaprabhu Kempegowda International Airport (NKIA) after the founding father of Bangalore.

Facilities at new terminal:

*Number of check-in counters to be increased from 53 to 86
*Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) check-in counters to be increased from 18 to 30
*Emigration counters (out-bound) to be increased from 18 to 24
*Immigration counters (in-bound) to be increased from 18 to 24
*Domestic security pedestals to be increased from 16 to 32
*International security pedestals to be increased from 10 to 16
*Domestic baggage reclaim belts to be increased from 5 to 7
*International baggage reclaim belts to be increased from 4 to 6


From: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131214/news-current-affairs/article/international-airport-now-bangalore%E2%80%99s

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Kempe Gowda International Airport - now official

Bangalore International Airport (BIA) will be renamed after the city's founder, Kempegowda, on Saturday. Addressing media persons here on Friday, IT, BT and Infrastructure Minister S.R. Patil said that besides naming the airport after Kempegowda, a new terminal that has the capacity to handle two crore passengers a year will also be dedicated inaugurated on Saturday.

CM Sidda­ramaiah will unveil the new name of the airport and civil aviation minister Ajit Singh will inaugurate the new terminal T1A. The State and Central governments both wanted the airport to be named after Kempe Gowda, with resolutions to this effect being passed in the State Assembly and by the Union Cabinet.

"The existing terminal’s annual capacity to handle passengers is about 1.2 crore. With the expanded terminal T1A, we can handle 20 million passengers annually," said Patil.

There is stiff competition between Chennai and Bangalore for being named the third largest airport in the country after Delhi and Mumbai, and the enlarged terminal will put Bangalore ahead, said Patil.

BIAL has provided direct employment to 7500 people. The airport has a turnover of Rs 560 crore, and made a profit of Rs 114 crore. BIA started operations in 2008, and has handled 6.4 crore passengers to date.


Good to see the expansion reach it's conclusion - though it really sucks that the approach road to the airport is still a disaster zone - over 5 years after the airport started!
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From: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/meet-and-assist-service-at-the-airport/article5456729.ece

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Meet and assist service at the airport

Flight passengers will have more services to look forward to when they go to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) with Royal Valtrans India Pvt Ltd planning to launch the “Meet and Assist Service” in the next three months. This service will cater to the needs of passengers’ right from the moment they disembark their flight and to the doorstep of their destination, be it your home, hotel or a meeting place.

Under the Meet and Assist Service, passengers are offered Left luggage lounge facility with baggage retail. Executive Director of the company Masthan Adam said that apart from assisting the passengers as soon as they land or arrive in an airport, the company will also have a tie-up with an airport-authorised cab/limousine service to provide transport services as part of the package. This service will be offered in the range of Rs. 750 to Rs. 3,000.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good to see the expansion reach it's conclusion - though it really sucks that the approach road to the airport is still a disaster zone - over 5 years after the airport started!

Absolutely.
... and why inaugurate the expanded terminal if it wont be open to passengers for a few months Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stealthpilot wrote:
Nimish wrote:
Good to see the expansion reach it's conclusion - though it really sucks that the approach road to the airport is still a disaster zone - over 5 years after the airport started!

Absolutely.
... and why inaugurate the expanded terminal if it wont be open to passengers for a few months Rolling Eyes


I agree. I flew in and out of there yesterday and was disappointed to find the new section still under construction. On the upside, the removal of the barricades outside make the whole place look a lot brighter and open - I like the way it looks now.

The interiors kinda look like the lovechild of KLIA and Changi Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... and why inaugurate the expanded terminal if it wont be open to passengers for a few months Rolling Eyes

Inaugurations often have nothing to do with operations, as it's a "Ceremonial/ feel good" type of thing - and really involves the availability of the VIPs/ stars being aligned etc. There'll probably be another small celebration when the terminal actually opens.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When can we expect the actual opening?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When can we expect the actual opening?


Mid-Jan is what I heard.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The displays on the Volvos down here have already morphed from BIA to KIA.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The displays on the Volvos down here have already morphed from BIA to KIA.


Yes - I noticed that too and was pleasantly surprised!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Btw shudnt the name of this thread change to KIA?! Wink

The renovation also seems to add new transfer desks at the arrival area, before the baggage claim - with security check.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took my first flight out of the renovated section - few comments

    Indigo check in has moved to the new section, rest continue in their respective positions
    There was a BIAL employee asking Domestic passengers to go left and international to turn right. But except for 6E, everyone else on the right side. When I asked the person, he said the CISF staff asked them to say so.
    Security is a slight mess. They have brought the security desks slightly forward thus reducing the queuing space. Plus the position of pillars in the middle make it feel cramped
    The old security check is closed for renovation
    One new food outlet and coupla new retail outlets added
    Plaza Premium Lounge opened in the upper level.
    The new gates are slightly different from the older one. The agent position is in front of the gate rather than by the side as in the previous gates. This way passengers can go to the gate from either side of the agent desk.
    Arrival at Gate 1 and 2 will mean a longish walk to the escalators due to the bus gates at the departure bus gates below.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Took my first flight out of the renovated section - few comments
Keen observations as usual, Balagopal. Can we have a complete TR please, with these comments put in as well, to see it all in context? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on BIAL -

9W check in has moved to the renovated section (9W has split domestic and internatiional desks)

A few pics airside

Retail Outlets




Eating joint - they serve some good (albeit overpriced) traditional fare


More seating area



Awesome views of tarmac action - the ends used to be brickwalls earlier.. now a full glass facade





The new domestic gate area - with Plaza Premium Lounge on the upper right corner of the pic


Internet Kiosks by Dell


New Boarding Gates


Some handy charging points - a lack of charging points was a pet peeve earlier


Escalator down to the bus gates


Boarding area for bus gates - mostly used by 6E and SG


My bird for today - VT-JBV flying DED-DEL-BLR-TRV as 9W 2817


Eating joint at the lower ground level (on the top right u can see the arriving pax)


View from what used to be end of the earlier terminal


VT-JFM getting ready for her flight to COK
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics! Seems like an improvement over the earlier terminal.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the nice picture, Balagopal...but you are still shying away from a trip report Wink
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new lounge at BLR - had my BIL take the pictures as he was leaving there last week.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nimishgupta/sets/72157642124929223/


The entrance to the lounge in the distance by nimish_blr, on Flickr


Random seating outside the lounge by nimish_blr, on Flickr


Actual lounge entrance with the "lounge dragons" at work by nimish_blr, on Flickr


One of the numerous seating areas - the lady's picking up reading material here. by nimish_blr, on Flickr


One of the numerous seating areas - watching TV by nimish_blr, on Flickr


Enjoy a bite to ear at these sofas by nimish_blr, on Flickr


The bar - it's not self serve. The woodwork behind the bar looks brilliant! by nimish_blr, on Flickr


One of the nicer seating areas - looked very plush by nimish_blr, on Flickr


The tea/ coffee counter - lots of cookies too by nimish_blr, on Flickr


Salads and soups on offer - not to forget the fresh fruit on top by nimish_blr, on Flickr


Great hot food options - from crispy dosas, to hot pastas to other Indian food options by nimish_blr, on Flickr

My BIL was very happy with the F&B situation, seating was still slightly tight towards the peak time, but no one sitting on the floors...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Nimish: for sending pictures of places I will perhaps never visit Smile
This looks great, however.
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Just got a chance to see the new terminal first hand. Really good improvement over what we had! Now KIAL starts looking like an airport Smile

Also the new expressway from the city to the Airport makes for a really smooth drive and awesome views of the Jakkur airfield. A small aircraft landed from just a few tens of feet above the elevated road onto the runway at Jakkur when one of my friends were driving by.
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From: http://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/bangalore-airport/

Interesting advertising campaign at BIAL...
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A few pics from the new international departure side


Directions to the new outlets and facilities


The old Kingfisher Sports Bar - now closed


Everything beyond that foot overbridge is the new part of the terminal


Loads of seating


More seating options


Eating options. Kinda reminds be of the old/intermediate BOM T2


Strange art form - anybody have a clue on wht this is supposed to be?


FIDS


Seating near the gates


Travelators to further gates



Bar and dining options closer to the gates


Farthest gates


Looking back at the new extension and the duty free
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Looks a neat terminal.
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From: http://www.livemint.com/Companies/fmYgknIMI2Bk2b2SEhrd8H/Bangalore-airport-allowed-to-raise-levies-by-up-to-31.html

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Domestic passengers will pay Rs.342 in user development fee while international passengers will pay as much as Rs.1,368

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (Aera) has allowed Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) to increase levies by at least 31% on domestic fliers as also international fliers besides hiking the fees on all airlines for using the airport.

Domestic passengers will pay Rs.342, up from Rs.260, in user development fee to the airport while international passengers will pay as much as Rs.1,368, up from Rs.1,070, from 1 July.

The increases have been allowed at a time when the air traffic growth has slowed to just 4% in 2013 on the back of higher airfares.

Aera has also allowed a significant increase in landing and parking charges for airlines in its order issued on 10 June and posted this on its website. This is likely to increase the cost burden on all airlines. The exact increase per flight was not immediately clear.

BIAL could not be reached immediately for comment.

Aera also allowed GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd-run Bangalore Airport to charge Rs.1,226 per international and Rs.306 per domestic passenger in the next fiscal year. “The rates determined herein are ceiling rates, exclusive of taxes, if any,” Aera said.


Bad to see the increments, but at least it's far lesser than what was demanded. How do AK's charges of Rs. 500/passenger work out with the UDF alone being Rs. 306/pax!
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From: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/bangalore-international-airport-introduces-variable-tariff-plan/article6178019.ece

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Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has announced a Variable Tariff Plan that allows airlines to take advantage of lower charges during non-peak hours.


Further details not available - but this makes sense - to have lower charges during non-peak hours - and thereby provide benefits to airlines and try and smooth out the traffic flows.

Lots of more information on BIAL's tariffs at: http://www.moneylife.in/business-wire-news/new-tariff---updates-from-kempegowda-international-airport-bengaluru/39899.html
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BIAL in Talks with Karnataka Govt to Cut ST on Jet Fuel

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is in talks with the government of Karnataka to bring down sales tax on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to encourage more airlines to set up base in Bangalore and promote tourism in the state.

This is part of BIAL’s home carrier advantage plan wherein airlines stand to benefit with concessions from the airport operators provided the airline can achieve a throughput of at least 1 million additional and have the highest number of night parked aircraft in KIAL among other conditions. But high sales taxes in Karnataka has been the deterrent for many carriers so far. At present, sales taxes in Karnataka is amongst the highest in the country at 28%.

Private carriers are also weary to set up base in Bangalore due to the high User Development Fee (UDF) of BIAL. Incidentally UDF was increased at the airport last week from Rs 301.40 (domestic) and Rs 1022.30 (international) to Rs 342 (Domestic) and Rs 1368 (international), representing an increase of 13.37% and 33.82% respectively.

In a recent interview with Express, CEO of low cost carrier AirAsia, Mitoo Chandilya said that the incentive was good but the targets have been hit by an airline. His boss and AirAsia Group Chairman, Tony Fernandes had remarked that ‘airport taxes in India were as much as their airfares’.

BIAL which operates the Kempegowda International Airport in the city said that they are in talks with the state government to promote the city as a hub for aviation activity.

“We will be able to attract an airline to make Bangalore their base only if the tax levied on ATF is reduced,” Hari Marar, President of Airport operations told reporters here.

ATF is one of the highests in India when compared to other regional hubs like Singapore and Malaysia. ATF accounts for nearly 40% of the operations costs of an airline. Marar reasons that the reducing of ATF to 4% would have a 11% impact on airline’s cost structure.


Reducing the charges on ATF is something that's been on the table for a long time. However will the govt. bite the bullet and give up immediate revenues on the hope of longer term gains?
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From: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-04/news/53563694_1_expansion-green-nod-bangalore-international-airport-limited

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Bangalore International Airport gets green nod for second stage expansion

Bangalore International Airport Limited today said it has been formally accorded the EC ( Environmental Clearance) for second stage expansion of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

The expansion will include the construction of a new terminal along with the second runway, taxiways, aprons, aircraft parking and all aviation facilities and structures, BIAL said in a release.

It said the expansion is envisaged to accommodate the future traffic growth which is likely to reach 55 million passengers annually by 2029-2030 and approximately one million tonnes of cargo movement.

The expansion within the existing airport site area will cater to both aeronautical and non-aeronautical infrastructure facilities, the release added.

BIAL said the second stage expansion approval was granted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change...

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From: http://traveltrendstoday.in/news/2014/09/29/plaza-premium-lounge-debuts-transit-hotel-in-bengaluru

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PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE DEBUTS TRANSIT HOTEL IN BENGALURU

Plaza Premium Lounge Management has introduced its first transit hotel in Bengaluru – the Day Hotel by Plaza Premium Lounge in Domestic Departures at Kempegowda International Airport. The new hotel will join the two recently opened Plaza Premium Lounges in Bengaluru to further enhance the service at Kempegowda International Airport.

Equipped with 20 rooms with different configurations, including single rooms, studios, twin rooms and family suites, the day hotel has been designed to cater to the needs of all travellers.


Anyone with more details of this?
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Landed in BIAL today..
I think I saw a double decker gate today...the last aerobridge in the international wing? I have a feeling one the bridges was too high than the other....
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jbalonso777 wrote:
Landed in BIAL today..
I think I saw a double decker gate today...the last aerobridge in the international wing? I have a feeling one the bridges was too high than the other....


Yes. Gate 26 is 380 ready
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