India’s Largest Airline IndiGo is all set to get the second largest Maintenance Facility at Bangalore airport (BIAL).
Indigo as of august 2022 has 56% of the Market share in terms of passengers traveled.
According to Planespotters.net, The airline is having a huge fleet of 260 aircraft with 25 on orders with an average fleet age of 3.3 years.
Indigo is rapidly expanding its fleet and to cater to the demands, it started building Best-in-class Maintenance facility in Bangalore.
IndiGo to get Maintenace facility at Bangalore Airport
The airline partnered with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to build its second largest maintenance facility at Bangalore airport.
The partnership was announced on 31st Jan 2019 and was expected to be completed by 2020. But due to Covid 19 Pandemic, the work got delayed.
The BIAL which looks after Kempegowda international airport has allocated 5 acres of land for 13,000 sq ft of the maintenance facility.
IndiGo airlines has largest Maintenance Overhaul and Repair facility in Delhi.
The goal is to reduce their dependency on overseas maintenance and to cut costs drastically by creating facilities in India.
Once the Maintenace facility and Hangar are operational it will be able to carry out in-house C-checks.
Currently Indigo is one of the Largest Airbus A320 operators in the world and the Hangar will facilitate 2 airbus planes at a time.
The Facility is expected to have a huge support infrastructure which will include, Quick engine change equipment and shops, a Warehouse for spares and tools, and Engineering & maintenance offices for its Engineering team.
Comments by IndiGo and BIAL
IndiGo’s chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, said earlier during the partnership,
“Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), with its strategic location, will play an even more important role going forward. It is for this reason that IndiGo decided to build a hangar as the core of our maintenance centre in South.”IndiGo’s chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer statement
Hari Marar, MD, and CEO of BIAL stated,
“the outcome of this agreement will create more connectivity and open new markets – further enhancing its growth.”Hari Marar, MD, and CEO of BIAL statement
The work is nearing completion and it is expected to be opened by the end of this year (2022).
Indigo airlines have one of the huge maintenance staff in India and are expected to grow this number to successfully carry out maintenance on Airbus and ATR Fleet.
Once operational it will be the second largest maintenance hangar of the airline after the Delhi hangar.
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