Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is Mumbai’s major airport and the second busiest airport in India by passenger traffic next to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport also known as the Sahar International Airport covering an area of 1,450 acres in the Mumbai suburb of Santacruz, Vile Parle and Sahar Village is India’s largest domestic and international hub.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has two main terminals: Terminal 1 dedicated for domestic flights and Terminal 2 which is dedicated for International flights. Although both terminals share airside facilities they are physically by the landside and require passengers on connecting flights to take a 15 to 20 shuttle service when commuting in-between terminals.
Terminals and Runways
The airport has a total of five operational terminals handling more than 780 aircraft movements daily setting a record with handling over 51 movements within one hour in 2014.
Terminal 1 located in Santacruz opened in 1992 and used for domestic flights is divided into Terminals 1A and 1B. Terminal 1A is used by the airlines Air India and Go-Air while Terminal 1B is used by all other domestic flight carriers.
The Old Terminal 2 or just Terminal 2A located at Sahar Village before renovations was used for international flights while Terminal 2C was used for the nations flag carriers Air India and Air India Express.
Terminal 2 which was rebuilt in January 2014 by the GVK-led consortium now spreads over an area of 1,400 acres and consists of 76 migration counters for incoming passenger, 60 immigration counters for departing fliers, 161 elevator and 208 check-in counters. 2,300 CCTV cameras, automatic baggage system and 4,100 public address speakers. The T2 terminal as well has a dedicated 6-lane elevated expressway, as well as a transit and day hotel.
The airport’s Air Cargo Complex located west of T2 has been in use since 1977 and has a cargo apron which can handle five wide-bodied aircrafts as well as over 380.000 metric tons of International Cargo and more than 160,000 metric tons of Domestic Cargo.
T2 has one the largest airport art collections in the world stretching for more than 3-km art wall that displays and over 7,000 artifacts that represent a compilation of works from more than 1,500 renown artists throughout India. The exhibits which are displayed on walls over 5 meters high has been recognized as “India’s largest museum”.
The airport has two transverse runways which have been upgraded to Code F to facilitate the handling of much larger aircraft such as the Airbus A320. Both the airport’s runways were operated simultaneously in an effort to reduce congestion at the airport during peak hours and facilitate a set target of 48 aircraft movements per hour. However in 2013 the airport abandoned its simultaneous Cross-runway flights in favor of single runway operations which was found to increase aircraft movement.
Located in a section of the parking area opposite Terminal 1B stands India’s tallest Air Traffic Control Tower. The triangular three-dimensional 279 ft structure won the Hong Kong Building Information Award in 2009 and was inaugurated in 2013 taking over operations in January 2014.
ATMs plus bureau de change services are accessible all through both terminals.
Wi-Fi internet access is obtainable free of charge all through the terminal buildings. Telecommunications centers, offering telephone, fax, internet, plus photocopying services, are also situated in both terminals.
There are several bars, restaurants, snack counters and ice cream parlors at the airport and vary from restaurants serving local Indian cuisines to popular fast food stops.
Facts About The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, along with the Bangalore, the Chennai, the Indira Gandhi International, and the Kolkata together handle more than 75% of the total passengers in India.
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was ranked the world’s fourth best airport in 2010 for its aerobridges, food courts, salons and spas.
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in 2011 was recognized by the Airports Council International as the world’s third best airport handling between 25 to 40 million passengers and one of two airports in India to implement an Airport Collaborative Decision Making system to improve overall airport efficiency by reducing delays and increasing predictability for timely takeoffs and landings.
- In 2014 the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was also rated by the Airports Council International as the world’s 47th busiest airport in passenger traffic.
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was named in honor of India’a 17th century Mahratta emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji while its IATA airport code – “BOM” from the word Bombay, which was the former name of Mumbai.
- Before the set up of the much larger Royal Air Force airfield in Santacruz in 1942 the Juhu Aerodrome located in the upmarket residential suburb of Mumbai was Mumbai’s only airport.
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