Karnataka government considering 6 locations for second airport in Bengaluru: Minister

Karnataka government considering 6 locations for second airport in Bengaluru: Minister


Minister for Large and Medium Enterprises and Infrastructure Development MB Patil hopes the new airport will be ready by 2035.

Minister for Large and Medium Enterprises and Infrastructure Development MB Patil hopes the new airport will be ready by 2035. | Photo Credit: Murali Kumar K

According to Large and Medium Enterprises and Infrastructure Development Minister MB Patil, the Karnataka government will need to acquire 3,000 to 5,000 acres of land to set up a new international airport as big as the Kempegowda International Airport in north Bengaluru and with a capacity to handle 100 million passengers per year.

Responding to media queries at Bengaluru's Vidhana Soudha on July 10, he said the new airport would be ready by 2035, in line with the exclusivity clause obtained by Bengaluru International Airport Ltd – according to which no international airport should be permitted within a 150-km radius by 2035. KIA's passenger handling capacity is expected to be saturated by 2035, while its cargo handling capacity is expected to reach saturation point by 2040.

The government is considering six locations within a distance of 60 km from the existing airport at Devanahalli. A special committee of aviation industry experts will meet soon to consider suitable sites keeping in view good road, rail and metro connectivity, low population density, minimum water bodies, less greenery, non-agricultural land without high altitude or mountains.

“Things will move forward in a few months. A plan will be ready in the next three months,” the minister said.

Asked about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin's announcement of a plan to set up an airport in Hosur adjoining Bengaluru, the minister said, “I don't know if it was a natural idea to have another airport, but Tamil Nadu's statement came after Karnataka talked about a second international airport for Bengaluru.”


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