The long-awaited new integrated Terminal 2 or T2 catering to domestic and international flyers under one roof at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 10.
The state-of-the art X-shaped four-level terminal is expected to bring in a brand new travel experience for passengers particularly from Mumbai where domestic and international terminals are in two different locations. With a total area of 439,000 square metres, a multi-level car park for 5,000 vehicles, new taxiways and apron areas for aircraft parking and landscaped gardens occupying 5.000 square metres, the ambitious project will finally be inaugurated.
During 2012-13, the Mumbai international airport saw 30.21 million passengers, according to the Mumbai International Airport Ltd, which runs the airports. With the opening of T2, MIAL expects to cater to over 40 million passengers annually. Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will also be present at the opening.
T2 will initially serve international flights whilst domestic operations will be included later though the timing is not confirmed. Located at Sahar, where the international airport is presently is operated, T2 will be one up on many airports across the country for its aesthetic looks and several new features.
The outer surface of the roof over the entry and exit halls is decorated with 30 mushroom shaped formations built to hold 270 skylights that will let natural light seep through and turn it into beautiful shades of peacock feathers when it streams into the check-in hall. The surface of the structure will be held by one of the largest glass facades in the country.
The iconic structure will have boarding gates on two piers extending from a central processing building that will have 42-metre high roof. There will be 188 check-in and 141 immigration counters and over 10 baggage carousels have been planned. The new terminal will have 21,000 square metres of retail space, lounges and travel services.
Some of the new features include the facility for passengers to drop their bags at the gates of the terminal and have an advanced baggage management system ferry it, straight into the aircraft they are travelling in. T2 will be the first terminal to introduce family toilets which would be convenient for elderly passengers and children who can be accompanied by adults.
The new terminal will also host the world’s largest public art show with 6,000 pieces of Indian art from all over India that will be displayed on 18-foot high walls along the terminal’s corridors and other areas.
Reaching T2 from South Mumbai and other suburbs will be quicker as it is now well connected by the Sahar Elevated Access Road to the Western Express Highway. A metro link to the terminal is also underway.