As obvious (or stupid) as it might sound now, getting information about whether one can park two-wheelers at the Bangalore airport for a longer period was not as easy to get as I expected it to be. This was the second time in the last six months when I found myself in a situation where I would be flying out on a Saturday morning and would be back by the next day evening and I wanted to know if I could leave my bike there for that period. Not finding any credible information the last time I had taken an auto and then the shuttle to reach the airport. I did not want to do it the second time, at-least not before finding out whether it was possible or not.
I googled and googled and googled about it but all that I found everywhere was information about long-term parking for four-wheelers and prices. I found nothing about two-wheeler parking for extended periods. I knew the hourly charges for two-wheeler parking there but the fact that there was a flat charge for four-wheeler parking for extended periods which was different for the hourly charges for them was confusing for me. Luckily, Twitter came to the rescue after a few tries and I came in touch with someone who worked at the airport. He passed me a number where I could get my doubt clarified over WhatsApp. Too bad the ‘number’ responds only between 9.00 AM and 5.30 PM everyday. But never-mind, at-least I had a credible source of information now.
By 10.30 AM I was all sorted. I had all the information I was looking for. There are no flat charges for long-term parking at the Bangalore airport and the parking is billed at Rs.20/- per four hours. Pretty cheap by any standards.
So this time I rode to the airport, parked it there, came back on a Sunday evening and paid less than Rs. 200/- as the parking fee. How neat. And the bike was as I had left it, absolutely untouched. It was easy on the pocket and I did not have to waste any time because of the slow buses. Not to forget the fun and freedom of riding on the brilliant elevated airport road.
In case you want to get in touch with the BIAL (now KIAL) authorities for some other queries, here’s the WhatsApp number you should drop your messages to: +91-88849 98888.
Have you ever parked your two-wheeler for extended periods at an airport parking?
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