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Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is north of the city centre, near the village of Devanahalli. As India’s third busiest airport in terms of numbers, it sees more passenger than both Delhi and Mumbai.
Kempegowda opened in 2008 to ease congestion at HAL Bengaluru Airport in the south east of the city, and was then greatly expanded between 2011–2013. Its passenger terminal doubled in size at the same time as getting new facilities for check-in, baggage reclaim, security and immigration. This has raised the annual capacity to more than 20 million, and in 2014 it became new hub of operations for two major domestic airlines.
Kempegowda International Airport has a range of services and facilities. A VIP lounge exclusively serves departing domestic and international dignitaries, while other lounges are accessible for both walk-ins and holders of certain passes.
There’s a boutique day hotel at the domestic departure check-in area, perfect for if you need a power nap, a shower, or to simply catch up on some work in private before your next flight. Free WiFi is available throughout the airport terminal.
The airport also offers a meet-and-assist service, available to any passenger regardless of their class of travel or airline. Whether you’re travelling as a corporate group or with elderly guests who need more assistance or you need secure transit from kerb to gate for an unaccompanied minor, the meet-and-assist service can help you.
The terminal building is also home to a number of local and international brand restaurants, bars and cafes, most of which are in the first floor departures area.
Several major international airlines serve Kempegowda Airport. Emirates is the number-one foreign airline, with Dubai the busiest international route by far.
Domestically speaking, you can fly out of Bengaluru with India’s largest airlines to places like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.
Airport shuttle buses operated by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation connect Kempegowda Airport with destinations across Bengaluru city centre. There’s also a non-stop bus service between the airport and Mysuru operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, and a further service to Manipal via Mangalore.
You can get a taxi from outside the terminal building for the 50-minute drive into town, though the journey could take twice as long during periods of bad traffic congestion.
Several rental car companies have a presence at the airport, while ride-sharing companies such as Uber have their own separate pick-up zones outside the terminal.
Kempegowda International has grown steadily over the years, becoming a gateway to South India that is capable of handling tens of millions of passengers each year.