Good news for travelers flying to or from the Indian city of Mumbai. The new Terminal 2 at the international airport in Mumbai – India’s largest financial and commercial hub – is scheduled to be operational from February 12.
Mumbai Airport is one of busiest airports in India and suffers from severe overcrowding at present.
The new terminal – designed by US architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – features glass curtain walls and multi-level light wells for ample natural light. The terminal is cross-shaped in plan to facilitate the quick and organized movement of planes and passengers.
The $2-billion terminal has a total floor area of not quite 5 million square feet (450,000 square meters) across four floors.
The new terminal will have 188 check-in counters and 60 immigration counters for departing passengers, as well as 10 baggage carousels and 76 immigration counters for arriving passengers.
The existing international terminal at Mumbai has 11 jetbridges while the new terminal will hike that number to as many as 70. There will be parking capacity for 5,200 cars as well.
The passenger handling capacity of the airport will be expanded to about 40 million passengers per year from 32 million at present.
Although the new terminal will initially handle only international flights, it will become integrated with a domestic terminal by the end of this year.
The new terminal, however, does not have any individual airline lounges. The airport operator has not given permission for airlines to build individual lounges and instead has built a single large lounge for use by airlines that offer lounge access to their passengers.
Air India’s flight from Newark to Mumbai will be the first to arrive at the new terminal.