Bengaluru International Airport, Karnataka: The Union Cabinet of India on 17 July 2013 gave approval to rename the Bengaluru International Airport as Kempegowda International Airport. The demand to rename the airport was pending since a long time. The demand came from people of Karnataka along with the State Government of Karnataka.
About the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA)
• Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is the first and foremost Greenfield Airport in South India.
• It was commissioned as well as became operational on 24 May 2008.
• Bengaluru International Airport is owned as well operated by the Bengaluru International Airport Pvt. Limited (BIAL). The main shareholders in this group are KSSIDC (an entity of the Government of Karnataka), the Airports Authority of India, GVK Group, Siemens and Zurich Airport.
• Bengaluru International Airport is said to be the fifth busiest airport of India.
• It has been built over the area of 4000 acres.
• The unanimous resolution was passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 10 December 2012. A similar resolution was passed by the Legislative Council in order to rename the Bengaluru International Airport as Kempegowda International Airport.
• Hiriya Kempegowda, who was popularly called Kempegowda was a ruler under the Vijayanagar Empire. He ruled almost all the parts of Karnataka during 16th century.
• He was also said to be the founder of the city of Bengaluru.
• Kempegowda built Bengaluru Fort. He also moved his capital from Yelahanka to the new Bengaluru.