Air India Joins Plan to Develop Bengaluru as Premier Aviation Hub

Air India, India’s leading global carrier, and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) have joined forces in a new partnership to further develop Bengaluru.

The aim is to transform Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) into the premier aviation hub for South India.

Specifically, this new collaboration aims to significantly boost air travel connectivity within the next five years. The overall goal is to make BLR a key player in both regional and international travel.

Bengaluru Project: Areas of Focus

To achieve these aims, the new agreement will focus on three key areas:

Enhanced International Connectivity 

Air India, along with fellow Tata Group airlines AIX and Vistara, will work with BIAL to expand flight options, offering passengers a wider range of destinations and improved connections.

Elevated Passenger Experience 

Premium flyers traveling with Air India and Vistara will enjoy a dedicated domestic lounge within the T2 terminal, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free pre-flight experience.

MRO Hub Creation

Air India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Karnataka to establish a comprehensive Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility at BLR Airport.

This state-of-the-art facility will not only cater to Air India’s needs but also stimulate the regional MRO sector, creating over 1,200 new skilled jobs.

Interior of Bengaluru BLR Airport
Photo Credit: Bengaluru BLR Airport

Air India Comments

Campbell Wilson, Managing Director and CEO of Air India, highlighted the significance of the new collaboration effort.

“This partnership is a major step forward for Air India. Airline-airport synergy is vital for exceptional customer service and efficient operations.”

“Bengaluru’s potential as a destination, origin, and connecting hub is undeniable. We are thrilled to solidify our relationship with BIAL, expanding our presence at BLR Airport, enhancing connectivity, and establishing a major MRO center.”

BIAL Comments

Hari Marar, Managing Director and CEO of BIAL, further emphasizes the alignment with India’s national goals. “BLR Airport, as South India’s busiest airport, is committed to becoming the primary international gateway for South and Central India.”

“This collaboration aligns perfectly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s vision of developing Indian airports as hubs.”

“With a significant portion of Bengaluru’s outbound international travelers heading to Europe, North America, Australia, and the Far East, our alliance with Air India represents a giant leap forward.”

“We aim to capture a major share of long-haul routes from BLR Airport in the coming five years,” he concluded.

An Air India Airbus A320neo approaches to land.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) – South India Star

Kempegowda International Airport, also known as Bengaluru International Airport (BLR), is the crown jewel of South India’s aviation scene.

This bustling airport, located approximately 35 kilometers north of Bengaluru city, serves as a vital gateway for both domestic and international travel.

BLR boasts the title of third-busiest airport in India by passenger traffic, making it a major player in the country’s aviation landscape.

Passengers can connect to destinations across all six inhabited continents, with direct flights serving five of them. The airport is constantly expanding its network, offering travelers a wider range of travel options.

Beyond its impressive connectivity, BLR prioritizes passenger experience. The airport features modern amenities, comfortable lounges, and efficient services to ensure a smooth journey.

Interior of Bengaluru airport terminal.
Vinayaraj, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Looking ahead, BLR looks to be poised for even greater heights. The partnership between Air India and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) aims to further boost BLR as the premier aviation hub for South India.

This collaboration will focus on expanding international connectivity, establishing a dedicated lounge for premium travelers, and creating a state-of-the-art MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facility.

These developments will cement BLR’s position as a key player in both the regional and international travel market.

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