Bengaluru sees cargo volumes rise 5.4% in 2015, pax up 25%

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), which show a healthy cargo growth of 5.4 per cent, year-on-year in 2015 to reach a total volume of 287,198 tonnes last year.


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Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has announced the annual traffic figures for Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), which show a healthy cargo growth of 5.4 per cent, year-on-year in 2015 to reach a total volume of 287,198 tonnes last year. Of the total, 115,209 tonnes (up 4.4 per cent y-o-y) was domestic and 171,989 tonnes was international (up 6.1 per cent).

In addition to the existing cold pharma zone operated by cargo partner Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore, BIAL’s other cargo partner AISATS has commenced work on its Perishable Handling Center at KIAB. The new AISATS – a 50:50 joint venture between Air India and Singapore-based ground handler SATS – facility is being built with the aim of boosting exports and enhancing efficient handling of perishable products by creating sufficient storage capacity, minimising wastage and reducing operational costs. A dedicated drug testing lab for pharma shipments testing and clearance will also be part of perishable handling centre, BIAL said.

New international carriers that began services to KIAB during the year include Kuwait Airways, Thai AirAsia, Nepal Airlines, MASkargo and Ethiopian Cargo. On the passenger side, KIAB served over 18 million passengers and recorded a 25.2 per cent growth in overall traffic. KIAB connects 44 airlines to 67 destinations in India and globally.