Bengaluru: Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) Halt Railway Station in Bengaluru, Karnataka is all set to serve travellers from today (January 4).

With this, commuters will get the first non-road, faster alternative to reach the airport. The initiative will enhance last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport, benefiting lakhs of people and reduce the traffic congestion drastically.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that Bengalureans can take a train to Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli station. Trains will operate from Bengaluru city station to the newly built KIA, Devanahalli Railway halt station.

According to the News Minute report, one can board a train from the city and reach the airport halt station (situated at the edge of the airport boundary) at fares as low as Rs 10-15. A total of five trains will run between the city and the airport halt station for the next few months.

From City Railway Station the trains will leave once at 4:45 am in the morning and once at 9 pm in the evening. From Yelahanka, Yeshwantpur and Bangalore Cantonment stations—the trains will leave at 7 am, 8:30 am and 5:55 pm respectively. Similarly, the trains from the airport will leave at 6:43 pm and 10:37 pm for Majestic, and 6:22 am, 7:45 am and 8:21 am from Yelahanka, Bangalore Cantonment and Yeshwantpur stations respectively.

It was earlier reported that the halt station built with funding from BIAL in the Yelahanka and Devanahalli section had been ready for use since September. However, like in many routes, the trains were not running since the imposition of lockdown in March 2019 in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.