BIAL, Virgin Hyperloop sign MoU to explore hyperloop connection

WCN Editorial Team 28 Sep 2020 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Hyperloop to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from Bangalore Airport.

BIAL, the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, aims to make BLR Airport a transportation hub which can connect people and places through many modes of transport.

According to the preliminary analysis, the hyperloop corridor is expected to carry passengers at speeds of up to 1,080kmph.

The hyperloop can transport thousands of passengers per hour from BLR Airport to the city centre within 10 minutes.

The airport, which is connected to the road network, will also be connected with the suburban railway in a few weeks and will have Metro connectivity in four years.

The pre-feasibility study is estimated to be completed in two phases, with each lasting for six months, and will focus on the technical, economic and route feasibility of the hyperloop.

BIAL CEO and managing director Hari Marar said: “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 catalyze the economic growth of the state of Karnataka and the region.

“Technological innovation is key to building and sustaining a world-class transportation hub, and this study is an important step forward.

“This mode of transportation offers an enormous economic potential, connecting passengers at unprecedented speeds, with zero emissions.”  

Furthermore, Virgin Hyperloop said that the passengers could rationalise their multimodal trip with seamless check-in and security for their hyperloop and air travel at centrally-located hyperloop portals.

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The hyperloop corridor is expected to carry passengers at speeds of up to 1,080kmph. (Credit: Z22/wikipedia.)

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