Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the second Terminal of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Built at a cost of around Rs. 5000 crores, the terminal will double the passenger handling capacity of the airport to 5-6 crore passengers per annum, from the current capacity of about 2.5 crores.
The 2,55,645 sqm Phase 1 of T2 will initially serve as an exclusive terminal for domestic flights as T1 will continue to cater to international operations. T2 will commence full-fledged operations from the end of December as a domestic terminal catering to 25 million passengers a year.
Gradually, through 2023, international flight operations will also begin at the new terminal, and construction of Phase 2 of T2 will progress through the year. Domestic carriers like Air Asia and Air India will be among the first to start operations from T2 by the end of 2022.
Spread over a total area of 2,55,645 square meters, there will be nine customs hand baggage screenings. The gate lounge will have a seating capacity of 5,932. Phase 1 of T-2 has a capacity of 25 million passengers per annum.
Terminal-2 has been built on four guiding principles – ‘Terminal in a Garden’, sustainability, technology and innovation, and art and culture of Karnataka.
The terminal seeks to give a pleasant experience to travelers, as it incorporates the concept of a “Terminal-in-a-garden”, a first of its kind.
An architectural wonder, designed as a tribute to the Garden city of Bengaluru, T2 will have lush greenery within and outside and will be a visual delight like no other in the world. The passengers will travel through 10,000+ sqm of green walls, hanging gardens, and outdoor gardens.
“The Airport has already established a benchmark in sustainability with 100% usage of renewable energy across the campus. Terminal 2 has been created with sustainability principles woven into the design. Based on the sustainability initiatives, Terminal 2 will be the largest in the world to be pre-certified platinum rating by US GBC (green building council) before commencing operations,” the PMO statement read. “The theme of ‘Naurasa’ unites all the commissioned artworks for Terminal 2. The artworks reflect the heritage and culture of Karnataka as well as the broader Indian ethos,” it added.
All the facets of T2 showcase a terminal that is modern yet rooted in nature and offers a memorable ‘destination’ experience to all travelers.
It was conceptualized and designed by American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the theme “terminal in a garden”, and L&T carried out the construction work.