The Mangaluru International Airport continues to work towards the society, setting high standards for social, economic and environmental growth
Mangaluru gets its name from the presiding deity of the town, Mangaladevi, the Goddess of Fortune. Mangaluru is a port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Situated close to the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, the city is called Kudla in Tulu language, one of the most spoken languages in the city.
Mangaluru is one of the major centres for export of coffee, cashew nuts, seafood, ornamental fish and jasmine flowers. It is also fast becoming a major destination for IT companies. A large number of high-quality education institutions are situated in and around the vicinity of Mangaluru. The city hosts a hub of major PSUs making it a special economic zone (SEZ) attracting major passenger footfalls.
HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT
Located near Bajpe town, the Mangaluru Airport is approximately 14 kms from the heart of the city. The international airport serves as the coastal belt of Dakshina Kannada and the northern parts of Kerala.
This airport saw the light of the day in the year 1951 as Bajpe Aerodrome, and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrived in the maiden flight. The airport today has a capacity of handling a total of 730 passengers per hour, 365 in-comings and 365 out-goings.
The connectivity has been ever increasing with domestic flights from the airport flying to mega cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi. The Mangaluru Airport attained the status of International Airport in October 2012 with flights connecting to Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain, Dammam and Kuwait.
PASSENGER TRAFFIC ANALYSIS
The Mangaluru International Airport witnessed a steady growth in the passenger movement upto the year 2017-18. In comparison to previous years, the passenger traffic saw a dip of 1.29 per cent in 2018-19 due to the closure of passenger carrier Jet Airways. However, the airport witnessed a respectable footfall and continues to serve the passengers with world-class facilities.
The airport is equipped with navigational aids and functions 24×7. The Terminal Building has four aerobridges, escalators, elevators, automatic intelligent fire alarm and detection system. There are four selfcheck-in counters and 23 Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) enabled counters along with 24 immigration counters (12 Arrival & 12 Departure).
Various facilities are available for passenger’s comfort at the airport such as CIP Lounges, Self-Check-in service, the May I help You counter, prams for infants, wheelchairs for differentlyabled, medical assistance, smoking room, child care room, Tourism Information Counters and more. The Mangaluru International Airport has levelled-up its security measures ensuring safe and secure passage.
NEW INITIATIVES TAKEN
Construction of part parallel taxiway is in progress. On completion of the project, the airport will have 140m basic strip on the north and south side of the runway for 1.5 kms stretch. The runway handling capacity will also increase from the existing 10 to 18 flights per hour.
Expansion of a New Integrated Terminal Buiding (NITB) is also in progress. Once completed, an additional area of 10,000 square metres will be added to the existing NITB area of 18,625 square metres. Additionally, two conveyors each will be added to the international and domestic arrivals, along with two passenger boarding bridges. Another highlight of the project is to segregate arriving and departing passengers from existing one level to two levels.
- International Air Cargo services at the Mangaluru Airport was commissioned in May 2013. At present, cargo is exported to the Gulf Countries and other destinations.
- Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) was commissioned on June 25, 2015, enabling easy movement of cargo to other domestic airports.
A recent addition to the NITB is the display of local artwork(s) and enhancement of the Terminal Building ambience with the use of plants and flowers. New signage has also been displayed throughout the NITB.
The Terminal Building boasts of artworks that depict the cultural and traditional siginificance of the region. The artwork “Fisherman on the boat” denotes the fisher folk community of the coastal region. The Kambala sculpture in the building portrays the traditional buffalo race of coastal Karnataka. The Mural reef showcases the ethnicity in a beautiful manner.
The Hulivesha sculpture installed at the Terminal Building is a theme-based depiction of the traditional ‘Tiger Dance’, which is an integral part of the Mangalorean culture. The outcome of this sculpture is in lines with Soorya Namaskara. The airport also exhibits a unique art form, the ‘Yakshagana’, which is mainly found in Tulunad and some parts of Malenadu regions of Karnataka and Kerala. The famous characters of Yakshagana, in its typical folk form welcomes the arriving passengers at the Mangaluru International Airport.
The Mangaluru International Airport has been an active participant of various social activities.
Under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme, the Mangaluru Airport is in process of bulding an Anganvadi (Courtyard shelter) in Malavoor village as a part of Integrated Child Development Services Program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
Another initiative is to provide stormwater drains in Malavoor village, situated on the foothills of the airport. The drains are designed as per the National Disaster Management System and would help in protecting the life and property of people in the village.
Earlier in December 2018, the airport was also declared “Single Use Plastic free Airport”, contributing towards environment management.