Bengaluru airport to be renamed

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India's Bengaluru International airport (BIA) will soon be renamed Kempegowda International airport.

The country's legislation council passed a resolution to rename the airport last December. The resolution was approved by the cabinet on 17 July.

BIA is the first greenfield airport in South India and was operational in May 2008.

The airport's terminal is also being extended to increase its annual capacity to 20 million passengers.

The proposed new terminal would have an initial capacity of 15 million passengers per annum, with room to expand the terminal's capacity to 36 million when necessary.

The plan also involves the construction of an integrated passenger terminal, which will allow the airport to accommodate 50 million passengers in all.