Bangalore: The operator of the new airport here, Bangalore International Airport Ltd, or Bial, plans to build a terminal for low-cost airlines, which would be the country’s first, as it gears up for rapid growth that could congest the terminal opened in May.
Nearly a third of air travellers to Bangalore fly budget airlines such as the Deccan Aviation Ltd-run Simplifly Deccan or Spicejet Ltd. The new airport can handle around 12 million passengers in its first year of operation.
“It is a most promising solution because it can be realized fast and take a portion of passengers,” said Bial chief executive Albert Brunner, adding its board will consider the plan in July in addition to a second terminal and runway.
The terminal could be ready by December 2009. Bial, a consortium led by Siemens Projects Ventures GmbH and Larsen and Toubro Ltd, expects to invest Rs2,500 crore in phase?II?of?expansion,?including a?runway,?to tackle passenger traffic expected to grow to 18 million in three years.