Meeting to decide location of second airport in Bengaluru soon: MB Patil

Patil said that two aspects to consider are passenger load and connectivity to the existing Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 7:13 PM Updated Jul 07, 2024 | 7:13 PM

Meeting to decide location of second airport in Bengaluru soon says Patil

A meeting will be convened soon to decide on the location for the proposed second airport in Bengaluru, announced Karnataka Minister for Infrastructure MB Patil on Sunday, 7 July.

Responding to media inquiries, Patil explained that before making a final decision, the government would consider two main aspects – passenger load and connectivity to the existing Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

“If we prioritise passenger load, areas such as Sarjapura and Kanakapura Road are strong contenders,” Patil elaborated. “On the other hand, if connectivity to the existing airport becomes a priority, places like Tumkur and Dabaspete will be in the lead.”

These considerations will be discussed in the next departmental meeting and further reviewed with the Chief Minister and the matter will also be brought up in the cabinet meeting, he added.

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The exclusivity clause with the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which restricts the establishment of another airport within a 150-kilometer radius, ends in 2032, allowing the potential development of a new airport by 2033. “Considering the time required for land acquisition and compensation for landowners, the government has initiated the planning process,” the Minister stated.

Patil highlighted that major cities like New York and London have multiple airports in close proximity. “In Mumbai, the distance between the two airports is 36 kilometers,” he noted.

Regarding the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to build an airport in Hosur, Patil mentioned that it needs to be examined whether the exclusivity clause with BIAL applies to this situation.

Noting that KIA is the third busiest airport in the country, following Delhi and Mumbai, the minister’s office had recently said that in the last year, the airport handled 37.5 million passengers and over 4,00,000 tonne of cargo.

(Edited by Neena)

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