SECOND RUNWAY AT THE KEMPEGOWDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Context: The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is all set to commence operations of the new south parallel runway, measuring 4,000 m in length and 45 m in width, on 5th December.
- The second runway is part of the KIA’s 13,000-crore expansion project which will see the city get a new terminal by 2021
- With the aviation industry in India set for exponential growth, the two operational runways will provide the KIA the thrust to cater to the growth and further bolster the region’s economy
- The south parallel runway will initially be operated as per CAT I specifications.
- Once the operation stabilizes, CAT I will progressively evolve to CATIII B specifications.
- This means that the new runway will operate flights even in inclement weather, low visibility, and fog.
- It will be powered with LED airfield lighting, making it India’s first and only such runway.
KEMPEGOWDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Kempegowda International Airport is aninternational airport serving Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.
- It is Spread over 4,000 acres (1,600 ha), it is located about 40 kilometers (25 mi) north of the city near the village ofDevanahalli.
- It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), apublic–private consortium.
- The airport opened in May 2008 as an alternative to increased congestion atHAL Airport,
- It is named afterKempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore.
- Kempegowda International Airport became Karnataka’s first fully solar poweredairport developed by Clean Max Solar.
- Kempegowda Airport is thethird-busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the airports in Delhi and Mumbai, and is the 29th busiest airport in Asia.
- The airport serves as a hub forAir Asia India, Alliance Air, and Indigo and a focus city for Air India and Spice Jet.