Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), a joint venture between the GVK led consortium (74%) and Airports Authority of India (26%), was awarded the mandate of modernizing and upgrading Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in February 2006.
CSIA is one of India’s busiest airports having recorded passenger traffic of 36.63 million in 2014-15, along with cargo traffic of 694,261 tonnes.
The transformation of CSIA is a one-of-its-kind unique infrastructural project in the world, unlike any other airport development project. Since taking over operations, MIAL has brought about significant improvements in the operations of the airport. Some of the key highlights include the refurbishment of domestic terminals 1A & 1B, international terminals 2B & 2C, opening of a brand new domestic terminal 1C and Terminal 2. Some significant airside enhancements include the commissioning of new taxiways, aprons, reconstruction of the runway intersection, reconstruction of both the main runway 09/27 and the secondary runway 14/32 and the the construction of new ATC Tower. With a height of 83.8 metre, the Air Traffic Control Tower at CSIA is India’s tallest ATC tower, built within an area of 2,800 square metres. The height and location of the wish-bone shaped structure provide an unobstructed view of the entire operational area, optimizing air traffic separation and enhancing the traffic handling capacity.
The new iconic Terminal 2, inaugurated in January 2014, is state-of-the-art 4 level integrated terminal with an area of over 4,39,000 sq. mts. and include new taxiways and apron areas for aircraft parking designed to cater to 40 million passengers per annum and one million tons of cargo annually.
Terminal 2, referred to as T2, is India’s first and most advanced vertical passenger terminal that integrates world class design, architecture, infrastructure and operational efficiency, with a rich infusion of Indian heritage & cultural character. The design of Terminal 2 draws inspiration from India’s national bird – The Peacock. It portrays the magnificent character of the White Peacock, representing flight, as well as rare beauty. The T2 is also be home to India’s largest public art programme, titled ‘Jaya He’, in the form of a 3 km multi-story Art Wall, illuminated by skylights, that has over 7000 pieces of artwork & artefacts from every region & corner of India. With a highly compact design that puts passenger convenience and operational efficiency at the centre, this design marvel is set to position India on the global aviation and infrastructure platform.
MIAL has received several international and national accolades for its efforts in modernizing CSIA.