Halt Station near Kempegowda International Airport commences operations
The railway authorities on 4 January 2020 kicked off the Halt Station for the users of the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
The Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) has built the station in keeping with the overall aesthetics and landscaping theme of the international airport.
The station is located on the north-west corner of the airport campus and built on an existing track that connects Yeshwantpura and Chikkaballapura.
The activation of the suburban rail service on this route will offer a fast and economical commuting option for passengers and benefit a section of the airport workforce of about 25,000 people.
The Halt Station, with 230 mtr long platform, will be connected to various parts of the airport by a shuttle bus service, managed and operated by BIAL. The timing and frequency of the shuttle service will be synchronised with train timings.
The station has a booking counter, concourse area, rest rooms with provision for passengers with reduced mobility, granite benches for seating and drinking water facilities. Based on usage and acceptance, the facility will be upgraded over time to cater to the travel needs of the public and employees.
While the airport employees are more likely to use this service initially, it is expected to gain acceptance among air passengers as well. The railways is exploring options to increase frequency of the trains by operating trains from Yelahanka, Yeshwanthpura, KSR Majestic station and Whitefield.
In 2014, BIAL, in collaboration with the Railway authorities, proposed the establishment of a suburban rail service to the international airport to the state government, recommending a Halt Station on the existing line that connects Yeshwanthpura to Devanahalli.