Bangalore International Airport
Bangalore International AirportReuters

The Bangalore International Airport (BIA) will be renamed after the city's founder Kempegowda on 14 December, according to a release by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). The airport will then be called Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

The BIAL will also inaugurate a new terminal 1A on the occasion.

"The new name honours Kempegowda, founding father of Bangalore and the renaming is being timed with the opening of the T1A where the facilities, radiant interiors and exteriors mirrors the rich culture of Karnataka and the vibrant colours of the Garden City," said G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director of BIAL in a statement.

Kempegowda founded Bangalore in the 16th century. He was a feudatory ruler under Vijayanagara Empire for over 70 years and is noted for successful town planning, social reforms and contributions for building water reservoirs and temples in Bangalore.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramiah, and Civil Aviation Minister Ajith Singh will initiate the name change and inaugurate the new terminal. 

Built to accommodate the increasing passenger traffic over years, the expanded terminal is double the size of earlier terminal and spans over 1.50 lakh square metres.

 "With T1A we want our passengers to experience everything that's unique about Bangalore of yesteryears when he/she enters the airport and at the same time enjoy the benefits of world-class facilities," Reddy added.

BIA, located in Devanahalli, 40 kilometres north of the city, is spread over 4000 acres of land with a runway extending up to four kilometres. There are about 53 check-in counters and 18 self check kiosks.