Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore Int’l Airport partner for feasibility study

Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from BLR Airport.

“We are honoured to partner with Bangalore International Airport Limited to explore ways in which hyperloop can become a part of the solution to tackle congestion and support economic growth in Bengaluru” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and DP World. “Beyond just the transit of passengers, airports are crucial conduit for goods, especially time-sensitive deliveries. A hyperloop-connected airport would dramatically improve the delivery of cargo and create an ultra-efficient supply chain.”

BIAL aims to make BLR Airport a transportation hub that connects people and places together through various modes of transport. In addition to its road network, BLR Airport will soon be connected with the suburban railway in few weeks and have Metro connectivity in four years.

“The government of Karnataka has implemented several measures to improve the transport infrastructure of the state. The commissioning of a feasibility study for hyperloop connectivity from BLR Airport is another major step towards building the infrastructure required to define mobility for the future, enabling the efficient movement of people,” explained TM Vijay Bhaskar, chief secretary for government of Karnataka and chairman of the board of directors at BIAL. 

The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility, is expected to be completed in two phases of six months each. With speeds of up to 1,080 km/hr, hyperloop could transport thousands of passengers per hour from BLR Airport to the city centre in under 10 minutes, according to the preliminary analysis. Watch the video here for more details.

“As India’s hub for technology and innovation, Karnataka is embracing hyperloop as a way to keep pace, support clean growth, and open new opportunities for the city,” added Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop. “A hyperloop-enabled airport would not only allow for faster travel times, it would create a 21st century passenger experience and expand airport capacity.” 

Hari Marar, MD & CEO of BIAL also commented, “At BIAL, our vision is to make BLR Airport the new gateway to India by transforming it as a transportation hub. We are excited to take this landmark step which can catalyse the economic growth of the state of Karnataka and the region. Technological innovation is key to building and sustaining world-class transportation hub, and this study is an important step forward. This mode of transportation offers enormous economic potential, connecting passengers at unprecedented speeds, with zero emissions.”

According to BIAL, travellers could streamline their multimodal trip with seamless check in and security – for both their hyperloop as well as air travel at centrally-located hyperloop portals.