Bangalore Airport up 16 million seats since 2015 as second runway opens

Bangalore added 16.4 million seats since 2015, up 72%; second runway open

KLM started a three-weekly service from Amsterdam to Bangalore in October, with connectivity across Europe and North America. In 2020, five European airports will have non-stop service from Bangalore, with Lufthansa beginning Munich.

Bangalore Airport is India’s third-busiest, after Delhi and Mumbai.  With almost 39 million seats in 2019, the Karnataka facility recorded a CAGR of 11.5% since 2015 against 8.2% for the whole of India.  The period since 2015 was fundamental in Bangalore’s growth from IndiGo (adding 11 million seats), AirAsia India (+2.8 million), and GoAir (+2.2 million).  In all, Bangalore increased seats by 16.4 million since 2015, despite the end of long-standing Jet Airways with its 4.3 million.  By contrast, congested Mumbai added just four million: its seats were up 8% since 2015, against 72% for Bangalore.  The ‘seat gap’ between the two airports has now fallen to 17 million.  Bangalore’s new second runway and its coming second terminal (initially with capacity for 25 mppa) in early 2021 will clearly propel the airport further.

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Like India generally, Bangalore Airport suffered from a significant slowdown in growth between 2018 and 2019 as a result of the fall in the country’s GDP growth rate and the consequential lower demand, together with Jet Airways’ end. Bangalore added just 1.1 million seats in this period, eight times fewer than the year before. Many fares increased, with OAG Traffic Analyser showing that Delhi’s average one-way fare increased 11% to USD$83 (excluding taxes and 20%+ fuel surcharge each way).

Ethiopian Airlines and KLM key additions in 2019; Air India’s seats up 22%

Despite far shallower growth, 2019 saw a host of network developments, including Ethiopian Airlines four-weekly from Addis Ababa (from October), with connectivity across Africa and to South America, and KLM three-weekly from Amsterdam (October), serving Europe and North America.  These have helped Bangalore’s airline list to reach 35 so far in 2020. More widely, Bangalore’s top-10 airlines are below. Predictably, most year-on-year growth came from IndiGo (+2.4 million; 14.9%), although GoAir (+558,000; 20.2%) and Vistara (+420,000; 55.5%) had good growth in the slow year and from much smaller bases. GoAir’s growth was from a new route to Singapore (October), the first full-year operation to Kannur and Phuket, and a 115% increase to Hyderabad. Meanwhile, Air India grew 22% YOY from multiple capacity increases, but also the full impact of its non-stop London Heathrow service which started in November 2018.   

Bangalore up 16.4 million seats since 2015, +72%, as second runway opens

Jet Airways was Bangalore’s second-largest airline in 2018. It ended at the airport in April 2019. OAG Schedules Analyser.

Bangalore had 80 destinations last year, up from 47 in 2015

Bangalore had 80 destinations in 2019, up from 73 in 2018 and 47 in 2015.  Its top-10 non-stop domestic and international routes last year are below.  Moving to 2020, Delhi (+8%), Hyderabad (+11%), Chennai (+25%), and Kochi (+12%) have all so far grown strongly. Internationally, Dubai leads, with 31 weekly services with Emirates (24) and IndiGo (seven) in the current week. Thus far in 2020, Colombo has grown strongly, moving to third place with seats up 20% from the addition of GoAir’s five-weekly service from 20 March.

Top-10 domestic destinations in 2019 Top-10 international destinations in 2019
Delhi 4,899,066 Dubai 921,804
Mumbai 4,532,258 Singapore 681,586
Hyderabad 2,533,164 Kuala Lumpur 439,588
Kolkata 2,216,689 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 426,475
Pune 2,011,751 Colombo 354,292
Chennai 1,725,896 Hong Kong 346,456
Kochi 1,338,182 Abu Dhabi 326,521
Goa 1,255,236 London Heathrow 268,959
Ahmedabad 1,073,346 Frankfurt 262,080
Lucknow 772,884 Doha 251,896
Non-stop, two-way seats. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Munich, Seattle, and Tokyo coming this year

Bangalore Airport will welcome its fifth non-stop European service on 31 March: a five-weekly Lufthansa operation to Munich, with very strong onward connectivity. It’ll supplement its existing daily Frankfurt service by the B747-8. Additionally, Japan Airlines begins Tokyo Narita on 2 July, while American Airlines will start Seattle on 27 October.  In 2019, Tokyo’s local two-way demand was an estimated 51,817 passengers, including 41,487 to/from Narita with an average one-way fare of $556 (plus 20%+ fuel surcharge each way that is kept by the carrying airline and also taxes). will explore other potential logical additions from Bangalore in another article.


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