India’s Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru) has completed a recent upgrade of the new Terminal 2. As it continues its infrastructure development, the Bengaluru airport has all the hallmarks of becoming one of the best airports in the country.
You can find our review on Terminal 2 here. AviationSource writer Gaurav Gowda reports on the recent news for the airport.
Development of multi-modal transport hub
The airport is now set to become the first airport in India with a multi-modal transport hub which will offer passengers a seamless travel experience.
The construction of the same seems to be in final stage and soon it will be open, this MMT hub will have private car parking, taxi bay, inter/intra city buses and metro all under the same roof.
This will enable the airport to enhance passenger experience, as currently the taxi bay is on part of the airport and one either has problems finding a cab or finds the price to be too exorbitant.
This means they must then walk to another part of airport to either choose another cab aggregator or to use the bus facility.
The new hub will solve this problem as all of these services will be offered under one roof, giving passengers a range of travel modes to choose from.
In fact, it will also help boost usage of public transport as many passengers don’t usually go towards the city bus shuttle, thinking they might not get a bus on time.
Sometimes there might be no bus going to their destination which results in having to pay hefty cab fares.
India’s third busiest airport
With massive regional growth underway, Bengaluru airport is currently India’s third busiest airport and has been witnessing significant year-on-year growth both in terms of passengers and cargo.
A spokesperson for Kempegowda International airport told the news source MoneyControl: “MMTH is in its advanced stages of construction and is expected to be completed soon.”
“Sections of the facility such as a temporary parking area and drop-off area have already been completed, and are ready for operationalization.”
“MMTH will serve the current and future needs of passengers, and staff by hosting various modes of transport options under one roof.”
“That includes private car parking, taxi services, inter/intracity buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and will be connected to the Airport Terminals Metro station”
In India major airports like, Delhi International airport, or Mumbai International airport do not have such facilities.
For instance, Mumbai airport has a metro station which is approximately 2-4kms away from the airport complex.
In order to reach it, one can either use a cab by paying flat Rs.120 as parking charge for cab and additionally KM charges to reach the station.
Alternatively, they can use the will bus service to reach the local train and now again the bus stop is far from the arrivals, so it has become common for passengers arriving to Mumbai airport to depend on cabs rather than public transport.