Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, commenced operations on the new South Runway with the landing of the first flight on the 4,000 m long and 45 m wide airstrip in December. This makes the airport the first in India to operate independent parallel runways, enabling aircraft to land or take-off simultaneously on both runways.
Hari Marar, Managing Director & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Ltd said, "Our first runway opened 11 years ago, and became a linchpin for the region's economic development during the last decade. With the aviation industry in India set for exponential growth, two operational runways will provide the thrust required to cater to this demand and further bolster the growth of Karnataka and India."
The South Runway will begin with limited landings and takeoffs before gradually scaling up flight operations. The runway will initially have CAT I certification, and, as operations stabilise, will progressively manage CAT III B operations, enabling landing and takeoff in extremely low visibility conditions.