Bangalore international Airport, is known as 'HAL Airport' or 'Hindustan Airport' and it is the domestic as well as international airport which is serving Bangalore, Karnataka, India and this airport is the fourth busiest airport in India and it handles around 7.5 million passengers every year with around 300 take-off and landing flights everyday.
The airport is scheduled to be replaced by the new Bangalore International Airport on April 2, 2008.
The airport is situated on Airport Road and well within the city- about 6 kms from MG Road -the city centre.
Terminal I contain the Departure lounge for the Domestic Flights and Terminal II is for Arrival of Domestic Flights.International Terminal handles Departure and Arrival of International flights. The airport is a major hub in South Zone for traveling and for the feeder routes.
In Bangalore International airport the main flights that operate are Indian Airlines and Air India. The Departure area has its own elevators to take the luggage to the Indian Airlines/Air-India Counters. It also contains a Child Welfare Room. The security section is well appointed with cushioned chairs. In the airport there is a Small refreshment counter and foreign exchange service counters.
Bangalore Airport- General Information:
- Airport Name : Bangalore International Airport
- City Name : Bangalore
- State : Karnataka
- Physical Location : Southern India, South-East of the State of Karnataka
- Distance & Direction From City : 11.6 Kms, East South East of Bangalore
The Bangalore airport is maintained and looks after by Hindustan Aeronautics which uses it to test and develop aircraft for the Indian Armed Forces. But Bangalore airport gives priority to civilian flight movements.
The Bangalore Airport was originally set up by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in 1964, mainly for defence purposes and later on the operations were extended for domestic commercial flights in the 1980s while the airport started to serve international flights by 1997.
From the past some decade the airport has gone through a series of expansions and upgradations and modernization to keep pace with the growing civilian air traffic in the city.
International Departures from Bangalore
International Departure is now located on the ground floor of the airport. In 2006, there was a revamp and extension of the International departures part of the airport. There are 2-3 baggage X-Ray machines. Once check in has been completed, passengers take an escalator to the first floor and pass through immigration. Following immigration, passengers pass through customs control (which is optional), and then go through security screening. Once past security screening, passengers move to the gate hold area - which is common to all international departures, and has very limited seating. The gate area has a coffee shop and curio shop, and completely fills up during peak departure times (10 pm to 1:30 am every night).
As of October 2006, there is often a long line to get into the international departures terminal of the airport during late-night peak hours. Once past the checked-in baggage x-ray - there is a queue for checking in. Many airlines such as British Airways have "Fast Bag Drop" counters for passengers who have previously checked in online prior to arrival at the airport.
This reduces waiting time considerably. Once past check-in, passengers typically pass through immigration in 5-10 minutes, though in cases where the hand baggage security screening after immigration is required, it can take an extra 20-30 minutes. In order to account for all these delays, passengers are advised to arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure if they have not checked in online or 2 hours prior to departure if they have already checked in.
The international departures section does not have a lounge for Business or First Class passengers. Air France ask all premium customers to check-in at the Leela Palace Kempinski Hotel near by, and use the hotel facilities as a pre-departure lounge.
International arrivals starts on the first floor with the immigration counters. Once done with immigration, passengers take an escalator down to the baggage belts, but must first get all hand-baggage screened (x-ray) by the customs department. There are 2 baggage belts, but space is limited and the whole baggage claim area is cramped. There is also a duty free counter and a money exchange service in the same area. After collecting baggage, passengers pass through customs control, and out to the pre-paid taxi counter (run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation).
Passengers connecting to domestic flights need to collect their bags, pass through customs, exit from the international arrivals, and turn right to the domestic departures area. The international and domestic terminals are all in the same building, hence connecting is very convenient.