KIA records 14 per cent rise in air traffic

Passenger volume reaches 4.38 million this year

KIA records 14 per cent  rise in air traffic

Recording a 14 per cent increase in Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) and 12.5 per cent rise in passengers, the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), has clearly emerged as the country’s third busiest this year

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Further, the total passenger volume for 2014 touched 14.38 million, driven by a 13.5 per cent rise in domestic traveller numbers.

In all, the year had 1,10,773 domestic ATMs while international ATMs rose to 20,330, according to the airport operators. “This year also marked the opening of the extended terminal with enhanced facilities, along with new commercial offering and the capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually,” said a Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) spokesperson.

Early this year, AirAsia commenced operations from KIAB, declaring Bengaluru airport as the low-cost carrier’s primary hub. Existing airlines such as Indigo and Jet Airways introduced international flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively from Bengaluru. Luxury international fliers were introduced to La Premiere first-class service of Air France in 2014.

Aided by revised flight timings, Air France brought the US West Coast closer to Bengaluru, offering passengers shorter flying hours for travel from San Francisco to Bengaluru. Cargo volumes handled at KIAB in 2014 grew by 13.7 per cent compared to 2013. The year’s total cargo volumes stood at 270,840 metric tonnes (MT), with September recording the highest domestic cargo tonnage turnover of 10,744 MT. This was a 38 per cent month-on-month growth from 2013, according to BIAL.

During the year, KIAB also became the first airport in the country to be International Air Transport Association (IATA) e-freight compliant, by completing a proof-of-concept and operationalization of e-freight facility. The country’s first international ramp-to-ramp trans-shipment was executed between Singapore, Bengaluru and Frankfurt from the airport.

BIAL introduced a Variable Tariff Plan for airport charges, allowing airlines reduced fees during non-peak hours. The User Development Fee (UDF) was also determined for the first time by the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) since the airport became operational in 2008.

The UDF which is collected as part of the airline ticket cost will be brought down to a level that has been in existence for the last 6 years (Rs. 306.00 per passenger), with effect from April 1, 2015. BIAL spokesperson: This year also marked the opening of the extended terminal with enhanced facilities, along with new commercial offering and the capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually

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