Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bangalore airport invites bids for apron expansion

Bangalore airport invites bids for apron expansion
Anjana Chandramouly

Bangalore, July 28 Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has invited expressions of interest for apron expansion.

The tender has been called for designing and building an extension of the apron and includes civil, structural and electrical works. The major scope of work consists of about 2.3 lakh sq.m. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 120 crore.

The last date for submission of expressions of interest is August 7. The project is expected to start in January 2010 and end in December 2011.

“The next immediate expansion of the Bengaluru International Airport will include extending the apron from the current 42 aircraft parking stands to 62,” a BIAL spokesperson told Business Line.

Stating that even with the slowdown the traffic figures in this region are set to grow at a steady pace, she said, “Reacting to this growth, we will continue to realise our master plan and expand to accommodate increased traffic in terms of aircraft movements and passengers.”

Mr Marcel Hungerbuehler, Chief Executive Officer, BIAL, had recently said they will start planning for a second terminal and runway next year, after a due diligence of plans.

The BIAL spokesperson said the specifications depend on a wide range of factors including traffic forecasts, the type of aircraft that the airport will be handling, and the requirements of airlines operating a few years from now.

“These details are dynamic and will constantly be changed to align with the need of the hour,” she added.

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