On Hold: All International Flights to operate from Terminal 2 at Bengaluru Airport effective August 31, 2023

Bengaluru is preparing to transition all international operations into the airport at Terminal 2, effective August 31, 2023. This is a slight change of plan compared to the earlier announcement where Bengaluru T2 was going to be used effective September 1, 2023.

Bengaluru to transition from T1 to T2 for international operations. [On Hold]

While KIAL announced the move of all international flights to Terminal 2 starting September 1, 2023. Star Air, AIX Connect and Vistara had transitioned to Terminal 2 earlier. Air India is in the process of a move but has yet to announce a date. From an international flights perspective, Air India only has a flight to SFO from BLR.

As per Bengaluru Airport’s announcement, they said,

We are happy to announce that commencing 10:45 am on August 31, 2023, all scheduled International flights will arrive and depart from Terminal 2.

Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines flight SQ508/SQ509 between Singapore and Bengaluru will be the first to experience the international zone of the new terminal. IndiGo will be the first Indian carrier to start international operations in T2, with its flight 6E1167 to Colombo. Terminal 2 will facilitate 30 to 35 daily international departures on 27 airlines (25 International and 2 Indian)

However, this will cause a split operation for IndiGo, which operates both international and domestic operations. IndiGo flies to various destinations in the Middle East (Doha, Dubai), South East Asia (Singapore, Bangkok) and SAARC (Colombo and Male). Passengers can avail of a shuttle bus service between Terminal 1 and 2.

Update: In a last-minute move, Bengaluru has put the move to transition international operations to Terminal 2 on hold till further notice. Here is the statement issued by the airport,

The proposed shifting of International operations to Terminal 2 at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru on August 31, 2023, stands postponed. After consulting all regulatory authorities, BIAL will release a firm date for transition of international operations tomorrow. The last-minute decision was taken during the final preparedness review in order to provide an optimal and seamless transition for our passengers International operations will continue to remain in Terminal 1 until further notice. We regret the inconvenience caused by this decision and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work towards creating the best possible travel experience for our passengers. We request all International passengers to reach out to their respective airlines for any further information.


Terminal 2 Bengaluru Airport will see international operations launch on August 31, 2023. Effective 10:45 AM on the date, flights will move to T2. This will mean customers booked on IndiGo will now have to be transferred between T1 and T2 when they have to fly internationally via BLR. [Update: This transition has been put on hold]

What do you think of the move to Terminal 2 for international airlines at Bengaluru?

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