IndiGo and BIAL shake hands to build MRO

InterGlobe Aviation, the group behind IndiGo, and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, have entered into a 20-year agreement to sub-lease land at the airport to build a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

The 13,000 square metre hangar, expected to be operational by March 2020, is to be built on five acres in the airport grounds, and would be able to accommodate two narrowbody aircraft. The facility will have support infrastructure, including an engine QEC shop warehouse and engineering offices for all repair and maintenance.

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, chief operating officer, IndiGo, said: “Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), with its strategic location, will play an even more important role going forward. It is for this reason that IndiGo decided to build a hangar as the core of our maintenance centre in South. This facility will become operational by 2020.”

“At BIAL, we believe that we must always offer a comprehensive bouquet of services that will facilitate the growth of our airline partners. IndiGo has been one of the fastest growing carriers at the BLR Airport,” added Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL. “The outcome of this agreement will create more connectivity and open new markets – further enhancing its growth. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with IndiGo. ”

IndiGo currently operates 158 daily departures out of Bengaluru, including eight international flights. The site in Bengaluru will become IndiGo’s second MRO facility.

Image: Sanjay Jha, associate vice-president, Finance- Interglobe Aviation (left) exchange the agreement with Bhaskar Anand Rao—chief financial officer- Bangalore International Airport Limited.

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