International Airport (IATA: BLR, ICAO: VOBL) is an international airport serving the city of Bangalore. The airport is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of Devanahalli
and is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the central business district of Bangalore, (30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Bangalore City Railway Station) and covers 5,200 acres (2,100 ha).
It replaced the HAL airport. For the financial year 2011-12, it was the fourth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic of 12.69 million and fifth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic. It has been awarded "India
's best airport" for the year 2011 by the survey conducted by Skytrax.
The airport handled about 9.3 million passengers and had air traffic movements (ATM) of about 280 per day in the year 2009. The airport is expected to handle 17 million passengers in the year 2015. It is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and rest of the World
and serves as a hub for Kingfisher Airlines and a focus city for Jet Airways, JetLite, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir. Former Air Deccan too had its base at BIA.
The passenger terminal is a single, fully air conditioned, four-level building capable of accommodating international and domestic operations. The basement houses the retail storage, rest areas and services.The arrival and departure areas are separated vertically with a modern, simple, straight-ahead flow system. The domestic and international departure lounges, and the majority of the retail outlets are located on level 2 (first floor).The check-in facilities and baggage reclaim are located on level 1 (ground floor). The terminal is designed for ease of operation and minimum maintenance.
Bangalore International Airport has an exclusive terminal for Hajj pilgrims. This terminal covers an area of 1,500 square metres (16,000 sq ft) and can handle up to 600 passengers at a given time. Designated prayer rooms for men and women and separate hot water facilities for Wadu (cleansing before prayers) are available in the terminal.