Bengaluru International Airport, or the Kempegowda International Airport, is set to become India's first airport to have Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system!
Bengaluru – India’s IT hub – is taking the lead in embracing Aadhaar-enabled services at its airport! Bengaluru International Airport, or the Kempegowda International Airport, is set to become India’s first airport to have Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system! Reports suggest that a Request For Proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and the airport hopes that the entire process of linking entry and boarding to Aadhaar should be complete by December 2018.
According to BIAL, the new facility will help speeden up the clearance process for passengers and alleviate delays at the airport. “In addition to eliminating the need for passengers to present their ID and boarding passes at multiple stages of the airport journey, passengers can expect passage through the various touch points to be smooth and stress-free,” says BIAL.
The Aadhaar-based process, claims BIAL, will enable a passenger to be verified in under 5 seconds at every checkpoint right up to the boarding gate! This means that the entire process will take 10 minutes, compared to the average 25 minutes! “The trial operations for Aadhaar-enabled entry & biometric e-boarding process was commenced in February 2017 and has been successfully completed with live flights,” says BIAL.
Talking about the decision, Hari K Marar, Executive Director & President, BIAL tells FE Online, “Every new initiative is introduced keeping the customer in mind. We are committed to a futuristic and innovative vision of The Smart Airport – a digitized, seamlessly connected, intuitive airport. The introduction of Aadhaar-enabled entry & Biometric E-Boarding Process entry will not only speed up the validation process, but also provide a significant increase in security.” “The use of biometrics will soon be the only verification required at each passenger touch-point along the airport journey and will go a long way in improving the flow of passengers, providing a better travel experience as well as greater operational visibility for our stakeholders,” he elaborates.
Earlier this year, the Kempegowda International Airport was adjudged the “Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia” by SKYTRAX at the World Airport Awards. Currently, construction of Terminal 2 or T2 is in focus. T2 will be constructed in two phases; the first phase which will cater to 25 million passengers annually (MPA), while the second phase of the project will add another 20 million passenger capacity. Meanwhile, to cater to the growing traffic, the current facility (T1) is undergoing expansion to accommodate this growth till the first phase of T2 is completed. The combined capacity of T1 and T2 will be approximately 65 MPA.