Terminal 2 (T2) of Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR Airport) started operations.The first airline to begin flights from the new terminal is Star Air, one of India’s fastest-growing regional airlines.
A host of other domestic airlines are expected to start their services to and from BLR Airport’s T2, followed by international airlines, in a phased manner over the next few months.
Hari Marar, MD & CEO of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said, “We welcomed customers of Star Air at BLR Airport’s new terminal, T2, offering a distinctive and enhanced travel experience for passengers. The new terminal will soon welcome passengers of other airlines as well. This will be done in a phased manner as and when the facilities and processes for the smooth transition of airlines from T1 to T2 are completed. The opening of T2 has been much awaited not just for us at BLR Airport, but also for Bangaloreans and passengers travelling from different cities. We want to make passenger journeys truly memorable by offering the best experience to them.”
Access to T2
With customer-centricity at its heart, BLR Airport has always ensured adequate facilities to offer passengers a hassle-free experience. To provide easy accessibility to T2, a 4.4KM-long additional access road called the ‘Terminal Boulevard’ was inaugurated earlier this week. It connects to T2 departures and also leads to T2 arrivals, allowing for a comfortable drive without any traffic signals. Passengers arriving at T2 can be picked up by their cars at the parking area. Shuttle services are also available between T1 and T2 at regular intervals.
T2 is designed to provide the highest level of passenger experience while also making it an unforgettable destination for passengers with its memorable visual impressions starting even from the access roads which lead to the terminal.
Referred to as the ‘Terminal in a Garden’, T2 is a tribute to the Garden city of Bengaluru. The terminal is meant to be a “walk in the garden”, with passengers travelling through 10,000+ square metres of green walls, hanging gardens, and outdoor gardens built from scratch in India through indigenous technology.
Located on the north-eastern side of Terminal-1, T2 spans 255,661 square meters of area and is equipped to handle 25 million passengers annually.
With 90 counters, easily navigable security check areas, and state-of-the-art technological innovations such as Digi Yatra integrated in its foundation, Terminal-2 of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is designed for a seamless check-in to boarding experience that is customer-centric, operationally efficient and innovative. The L-shaped piers accommodate 19 boarding gates that are pulled away from the main complex providing ample room for movement.
The dual-level domestic and international retail and lounge areas are structured to provide scenic views of the greenery within and outside the building. Inspired by the traditional art of cane weaving, the terminal interiors are clad in engineered bamboo, giving the building a contemporary yet classic look and feel. There are several artworks exhibited at strategic locations that serve as beacons in a traveller’s journey, allowing passengers to pause, reflect and enjoy. The artworks represent the heritage and culture of Karnataka and the broader Indian ethos.
The terminal has been designed in line with the BLR Airport’s established sustainability benchmark. Based on the sustainability initiatives, Terminal 2 has been recognised as the largest terminal in the world to be pre-certified with a Platinum LEED rating by USGBC (US Green Building Council) prior to commencing operations.
T2’s combination of features provides travellers with a unique terminal experience, offering them the highest level of comfort and enjoyment. These facets make the newly inaugurated terminal a valuable addition to BLR Airport, not only as a transit hub but also as a memorable destination in itself.