Exclusive domestic terminal
The 2,55,645 sqm Phase 1 of T2 will initially serve as an exclusive terminal for domestic flights as T1 will continue to cater to international operations. T2 will commence full-fledged operations from the end of December as a domestic terminal catering to 25 million passengers a year.
Gradually, through 2023, international flight operations will also begin at the new terminal and construction of Phase 2 of T2 will progress through the year. Domestic carriers like Air Asia and Air India will be among the first to start operations from T2 by the end of 2022.
T-2 of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda airport will open on Friday
The terminal seeks to give a pleasant experience to travellers, as the Rs 5,000 crore initiative has incorporated the concept of a “Terminal-in-a-garden”, a first of its kind.
Spread over a total area of 2,55,645 square metres, there will be nine customs hand baggage screening. The gate lounge will have a seating capacity of 5,932. Phase 1 of T-2 has a capacity of 25 million passengers per annum.
– 22 entry and exit gates
– 5,932 gate lounge seating
– 95 check-in bays
– 17 security check lanes
– Departure immigration – 30 conventionally manned, 10 e-gates
– Arival immigration – 34 conventional, 6 e-gates, 20 visa on-arrival bays
– Nine baggage claim belts
– 15 tarmac bus gates
Nadaprabhu Kempegowda statue
The 108 feet statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil on Friday is the “first and tallest bronze statue of a founder of a city,” as per ‘World Book of Records’.
The guiding principles
The Terminal-2 has been built on four guiding principles — ‘Terminal in a Garden’, sustainability, technology and innovation, and art and culture of Karnataka.
“The T2 is an architectural wonder, which is a first-of-its kind ‘Terminal in a Garden’. It will have lush greenery within and outside and will be a visual delight like no other in the world. The passengers’ experience is designed to be a walk in the garden while traveling through the new terminal,” a KIA official said.
A big draw of Terminal-2 will be its ‘hanging garden’.
The designers have also kept in mind the rich art and culture of Karnataka while designing the terminal.
Terminal 2 (T2) of KIA can be termed a bamboo paradise. A majority of the structure is crafted with engineered bamboo, a renewable material considered to emit zero carbon, to symbolise the Garden City. What is interesting is that a Bengaluru-based startup, BambooozFurn Bambu Pvt Ltd, raced past many international firms involved in bamboo-based designing, in enhancing the visual appeal of T2 (which is spread over 2,55,645sqm).
In fact, T2 was conceptualised and designed by American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the theme “terminal in a garden”, and L&T carried out the construction work.