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Once-impossible aviation feat: Bengaluru set to overtake Mumbai in domestic air traffic

Two parallel runways mean Bengaluru could increase air traffic movement to over 60 per hour compared to around 45 in Mumbai. This could translate into over 2,000 additional seats per hour. The final result could be Bengaluru overtaking Mumbai.

June 16, 2021 / 01:41 PM IST
International departure gate in Kempegowda International airport at night in Bangalore (Source: ShutterStock)

International departure gate in Kempegowda International airport at night in Bangalore (Source: ShutterStock)

On June 8, two announcements came in. The first was the GVK group making public the video rendering of the terminal and facilities at the Navi Mumbai airport.

The project has been stuck for a long time, and, in all probability, will miss its revised deadline. On the same day, the Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which runs the Taj Group of Hotels, unveiled plans for a very large property near the Bengaluru Airport.

The 775-key property will be a mix of 450 rooms of Vivanta and 325 rooms of the low-cost brand Ginger. The group already runs a property at the airport, named Taj Bangalore.

Interestingly, both airports have changed hands in the recent past. The Bengaluru airport was part of the GVK portfolio but was sold to the Prem Watsa-led Fairfax later.