Kempegowda International Airport is an international airport serving Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Spread over 4,000 acres, it is located about 40 kilometres north of the city near the village of Devanahalli. It is owned and operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public–private consortium. The airport opened in May 2008. It is named after Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore. As of 2021, Kempegowda Airport is the second most busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind Delhi airport.
Airport Health Organisation at Kempegowda International Airport was established from February 2009. Initially Medical Officers from CGHS were deputed at APHO,Bengaluru. From 2013 onwards, the Airport Health Organisation, Bengaluru was formally inducted as the subsidiary office of Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare,Bengaluru.
APHO, Bengaluru has been instrumental in handling the various Public Health Emergencies of International Concern such as SARS,MERS-CoV,H1N1, Ebola, Zika, Yellow Fever Disease and Polio in addition to the ongoing surveillance for Covid 19. The organization has played a vital role in ensuring regular Quarantine of passengers who do not possess valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate and ensuring regular Vector Surveillance within the Airport premises.
In addition, the Officers at the APHO, Bengaluru are regularly involved in facilitation of the implementation of the FSSAI standards of the Food establishments, flight kitchens and aircrafts, Training to the Immigration Officials regards Yellow Fever Surveillance and PHEIC, Disinfection and Disinfection of the Aircrafts as per the WHO guidelines, consequently scrutiny of the ‘General Declaration’ of the Aircrafts, Clearance of Human remains brought from Foreign countries, Medical examination of the International passengers on need basis, Attending to Aircraft emergencies and onboard death and coordinating with the various agencies at the Airport premises and sensitizing them regards the Public Health Emergencies.
Airport Health Organization hopes to improve efficiency and services through better interdepartmental and intradepartmental support and cooperation.