Bengaluru Airport to Become India's First Aadhaar Enabled Airport by 2018


The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has announced to make the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) the country’s first airport to be fully Aadhaar-enabled entry and bio-metric boarding system, after a completion of two months trial period in February. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has issued this news on 03rd of October.

As per the media report, BIAL have planned to implement this idea of completely Aadhaar-enabled airport by December 2018, and the initiative is in line with its endeavors to become a Smart Airport with a digitized, seamlessly connected and intuitive features.

BIAL wants to save passengers time while entering the airport at the time of checking. This process enables a passenger to be verified in under five seconds at every checkpoint right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes which is less than the current time taken by every passengers i.e. average 25 minutes while checking.

This idea will also help the BIAL to record personal identity of every passenger who were going to enter in the airport area accurately in less time.

As the BIAL executive director and president Hari Marar said with this real-time authentication of passengers, entry using bio-metric readers can enhance security, speed up clearance, validation process and alleviate delays at the airport. In addition to eliminating the need for passengers to present their ID and boarding passes at multiple stages of the airport journey, passengers can expect passage through various touch-points to be smooth and stress free.

The use of bio-metric will only required the verification at each passenger touch-point and will go a long way in improving the flow of passengers, providing a better travel experience as well as greater operational visibility for stakeholders and this will also increase the exponential growth in passenger traffic, there’s an urgency to implement systems that allow quicker transit time, ensuring the smooth ingress and egress of passengers.

The expected date for making the project live will be 30th of March, 2018 and in another 90 days, under phase-2, all domestic airlines will be roped to make phase-2 live. Those boarding international airline flights will be able to access the new system till 04th of October, 2018 and by 31st December, 2018, the project will be completed.


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