With its second runway set for launch on Thursday, excitement is palpable at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). At the entrance to the elevator in alpha 2 building of KIA is a countdown clock, marking the minutes and seconds to a milestone moment that will make Bengaluru airport the only one in the country to have independent, simultaneous parallel runway operations.
On a drive along the New South Parallel Runway (NSPR), workers can be spotted hurrying about with sand bags or giving finishing touches to the new 4,000m long and 45m wide runway.
Inside the ATC (air traffic control) tower at the airport, executives huddle over their monitors and systems, closely tracking arrivals and departures on the existing runway. All around them are stacks of files and piles of papers pertaining to tests and operations conducted on NSPR. Read More