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A year ago I strapped myself in as we raced down the runway at the new Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore.
Except on that occasion I was in a car, as I joined Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) management and senior executives from two of its leading concessionaires – HMSHost and The Nuance Group – in viewing the runway, air traffic control tower and terminal building at the new greenfield airport, that would open for business some 10 months later.
A year on and that construction site I visited has been transformed into a gleaming, modern airport. I flew in via the excellent Kingfisher Airlines from Cochin to Bengaluru yesterday.
By the time I had taken the short walk from the plane to the baggage belt in the Arrivals Hall, my suitcase was already there. The atmosphere was clean, simple and inviting, the promotion of the state of Karnataka prominent.
A bright Cafe Coffee Day outlet lit up the meeters and greeters area, and signage was excellent. My hotel had a handy kiosk to which I was readily guided by the friendly young Tourist Information official.
From a consumer perspective, my experience was excellent. Today we’ll visit BIAL management and take a closer look around the airport, including the commercial offer in the international terminal. More on The Moodie Blog later as we continue our journey around this fascinating country.