Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL), which serves the Indian city of Bangalore, announced yesterday (24 July) that its renovated Terminal 1 will become available to passengers in phases commencing October 2013.
Bi-weekly trials of the airport facilities have started in a bid to prepare the terminal for opening. The airport confirmed its T1 expansion work is making progress with trials of check-in counters, check-in baggage areas and the security screening process currently underway. Infrastructure on the new Airport Operations Control Centre is also complete.
Sanjay Reddy, managing director of BIAL, said, “The Bengaluru International Airport is more than just a transit point for travellers entering or leaving the South of India; it is a microcosm of the region’s culture and heritage, as well as the international influences that have made the city a veritable melting pot. While planning the expansion of the terminal, we felt that the airport should not just be an extension of the city’s ethos, but also that of the community.”
The modernised and expanded terminal will showcase art installations by various artists in India. A ‘flight mural’ has already been erected, designed by artist Yusuf Arakkal, which represents the city’s roots in aviation.
Once complete, the expansion will more than double the current terminal floor space. The updated terminal will have additional check-in terminals, seating areas and a larger security hold area as well as added aerobridges.