Bangalore Airport History
Bangalore International Airport, also known as HAL Bangalore Airport is located approximately 4 km away from the heart of the city. It was established by Walchand Hirachand in the year 1940. In its initial days, the airport was used for the Royal Indian Air Force. In the year 2005, the AAI (Airport Authority of India) had started constructing the new Bengaluru International Airport which is about 35 km away from the city. After the establishment of the new airport, HAL airport now serves as a test and research facility. The Bengaluru airport is a hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Deccan Aviation and Kingfisher Airlines.
Bangalore Airport Terminals
Terminal 1: It is a Passenger terminal where one can board and de-board domestic as well as international flights. The terminal has a four level building with all the modern amenities. On the first level, one can find baggage and check-in facilities whereas on the second level, you will find domestic and international departure with many retail outlets. The unique thing about the airport is that it can handle approximately 720 aircraft movements in a day as well as 11 million people per annum.
Terminal 2: It is mainly known as Hajj terminal which is constructed for Hajj pilgrims. The terminal is spread in an area of 1,500 square meters. The terminal also has some prayer rooms for both men and women. Here, you will also find some interesting facilities.
Facilities at Bangalore Airport
Baggage Services: One can find baggage service on the first level of the airport. Here, you will find luggage trolleys as well as wheel chairs. For disable people, here you can also find escorts to assist them. Besides all these, one can also find baggage wrapping machine at the airport.
Places to Shop and Eat: For the convenience of all the passengers, there are number of shops as well as eating joints on the second level of the airport. Here, you will find TR Book Stall, Handloom Handicraft stalls, Snack Bar, Tea Coffee bar, and several Juice Counter and restaurants. For world class comfort, you will also find various lounges such as Kingfisher Lounge, Oberoi Lounge and The Leela Lounge.
Duty Free Shopping: The airport is seen as an ideal place for duty free shopping. You can buy duty free branded liquor here as well as various cosmetic items.
Connectivity with the City from Bangalore Airport
Bus Stand: The total distance between the Bengaluru international airport and Bangalore bus stand is about 40 km and it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the airport from bus stand by taxis. There is a good service of taxis and you will also find a pre-paid taxi booth at the airport.
Railway station: Bengaluru international airport is approximately 30 km away from the Bangalore railway station. One can easily get private cabs from the railway station to reach the airport and it hardly takes 30 minutes to reach the airport from the railway station.
Bengaluru Airport Authority
To cater to the needs and demands of the passengers, all the ultra modern facilities are provided by Bengaluru Airport Authority. The authority also manages all the movement of the airport to ensure better safety to the passengers. The authority also handles the services like cargo and custom for security purposes.
Bengaluru Airport Awards & Honors
Bengaluru airport has got various awards in the past such as ‘CNBC TV 18 Infrastructure Excellence Award 2012 and ‘Excellence in dedicated ICT Infrastructure’ award. In 2011, the airport bagged the ‘Best airport in India’ award.
The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore, or Bengaluru, is one of the most important cities in the country. Known as the IT City as well as the Garden City, Bangalore has a salubrious climate and is a beautiful green place, home to some of the biggest companies in India and the world. It is also well-known for its youthful culture. The city is well-connected with the rest of the country, with efficient bus services, railway connectivity, and air travel. There are numerous daily international and domestic flights through the new Bangalore International Airport, airlines offer a variety of budget, discounted and full-service tickets.