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Bangalore airport plans a 17% increase in international Air Traffic Movements

Kempegowda International Airport has planned an increase of 17% international Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) over the coming winter schedule. An ATM is defined as either a take off or landing at an airport.

The airport has released the following ATM numbers:

At the start of Winter 2018, the BLR Airport is expected to achieve Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) of about 744 movements per day (659 domestic, 85 international). This is expected to progressively achieve 766 ATMs per day (675 domestic and 91 international). This five-month period will see the hourly runway capacity will increase to 40 movements per hour from the existing 38. During the recently concluded Summer Schedule, BLR Airport recorded an average of 691 daily movements (613 domestic, 78 international).

The average international ATMs for Winter 2018-19 is expected to grow at 17% over Summer 2018, while domestic movements are expected to achieve a growth of 10%. The overall growth forecast for the forthcoming schedule is pegged at 11%.

The increase in the international ATMs will come from he launch of seven new routes and the addition of two airlines during the winter schedule 2018 which commenced yesterday.

Phuket is a new destination to be served directly from Bangalore by GoAir. Indigo, Air India and Go Air will launch additional flights from Bangalore to eight existing international destinations. Indigo will operate daily flights to Male, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Kathmandu; Air India will operate flights Bangkok and London and Go Air will operate to Male.

The schedule also sees the introduction of two new carriers at Bangalore – Air India Express which will operate a four day a week service to Singapore and Turkish Cargo will operate a twice weekly between Istanbul and Bangalore.

Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL)
“Resurgent growth translates into the need for new routes and the addition of aircraft to the existing base. We will continue to work with our airline partners to offer passengers attractive routes that connect Bengaluru to some of the most exotic destinations in India and abroad,

Our new services will further bolster the economy of the City and enhance the reputation of BLR Airport as the gateway to a New India,”

The top airline by international ATMs during this schedule will be Indigo with 10.4% of the ATMs followed by Air India at 8.3%.

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