Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Bengaluru Airport crosses 250 mn passenger mark

An additional 50 million passengers travelled from BLR Airport in a span of nearly three years despite the pandemic and subsequent slowdown.  

 Bengaluru: Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing the 250 million passenger mark since the launch of its operations or Airport Opening Day (AOD), during the last weekend of June 2022. 

An additional 50 million passengers travelled from BLR Airport in a span of nearly three years despite the pandemic and subsequent slowdown.  

Furthermore, BLR Airport also achieved the milestone of 2 million Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) since AOD, making it the fastest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) airport in South India to achieve this milestone.

The addition of new carriers in conjunction with the introduction of new routes and rising passenger numbers on existing routes has led to this noteworthy accomplishment.  

While the pandemic has meant that traffic growth over the past two years has been slower than usual, BLR Airport has historically grown very fast, as seen by how quickly the Airport has reached some of these milestones.

Bengaluru airport showcases new ultra-luxurious lounges

 

The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has unveiled new international and domestic lounges designed for passengers’ unique needs. 

Named 080 Lounge (that is the trunk dial code of Bengaluru), the ultra-luxurious lounges have established Bengaluru airport’s connection and love for the city. 

The design aspects, including  artisans, heritage, and flora also reflect the rich culture of the city. Lush greenery has been artistically incorporated throughout the lounges, emphasizing Bengaluru’s reputation as the ‘Garden City’.

The launch of 080 Lounges is a significant step by the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) to deliver the highest standards of service delivery, world-class quality, technology, and innovation. 

“We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the journeys of passengers and surpass their expectations. Our customers are going to be delighted by the world-class amenities and services at the 080 lounges. We are proud to be bringing this exciting brand with unique design sensibilities, creating a truly innovative and unique space tailored to the needs of passengers,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL at the unveiling.

The design aspects, including  artisans, heritage, and flora also reflect the rich culture of the city. Lush greenery has been artistically incorporated throughout the lounges, emphasizing Bengaluru’s reputation as the ‘Garden City’.

Operated by Travel Food Services (TFS), the lounges are open for passengers who are affiliated with loyalty programmes, partner airlines, and for all patrons who wish to access the services. 

Some of the features include an ‘Entertainment pod’ with an enclosed space for watching movies, a ‘Wellness Zone’ with therapy rooms, and a ‘Quiet Lounge’ with a library.

The 080 Transit Hotel, a niche boutique hotel is also there to provide a comfortable and convenient accommodation option for transit passengers. It offers a flexible hourly rate payment offering, which can be leveraged by flyers if they want to relax between long layovers.

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