Mumbai, rightly described as “the city of dreams,” is home to more than 12 million people, more significant than any other Indian city. And for people to continue flocking to the city, knowledge about its airports is essential.
Today, I will be answering all your queries regarding airports in Mumbai.
What is the name of the airport in Mumbai?
Mumbai currently hosts two operational airports, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Juhu Aerodrome.
The former offers domestic and international flights, while the latter only provides private domestic flight services.
And if you now own a private jet or a helicopter of your own (at least I don’t), then Juhu Aerodrome is not for you!
Which one is a domestic airport in Mumbai?
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport offers both international and domestic flights.
Terminal 1 (T1) is solely for domestic operations, while Terminal 2 (T2), although majorly serving international flights, also often provides domestic flight options.
And since the trend is recent, I haven’t found any of my domestic flights landing or departing from Terminal 2 (T2). But always make sure that you check your ticket well before reaching the airport to confirm you end up in the right one.
Is T2 domestic or international?
T2 Terminal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj airport mainly serves international flights. But again, as I mentioned before, sometimes you might also see domestic flights taking off from the Terminal.
Which airlines are in Terminal 2 Mumbai?
Since April last year, the government has also decided to use Terminal 2 for domestic flights. Indigo, Go Air, TrueJet, Star Air, and AirAsia are the domestic flights that will be operational from Terminal 2.
How many gates does T2 Mumbai have?
The Terminal sweeps across a massive 4.4 million square feet area and boasts 78 boarding gates.
How many runways does Mumbai have?
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport currently has two intersecting runways. They are named 09/27 and 14/32, respectively. 09/27 is the bigger one, spanning over 3,660 meters in length and 60 meters in width.
The other one, 14/32, is a little shorter, with dimensions ranging from 2990 meters in length to 45 meters in width. The runways, on average, help more than 980 flights to take off daily. It makes the Mumbai airport one of the busiest airports in the world.
It is fascinating how our country gets the “busiest” tag in everything. Whether it is the busiest metro stations, railway stations, airports, dockyards, trade routes, etc., we have them all!
What is the old name of Mumbai airport?
There is an exciting history behind the Mumbai airport. Currently named the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai airport earlier existed as two different airports. The now-called Terminal 1 was earlier known as the Santacruz Airport.
Built in the 1930s, the Santacruz was the only airport in Mumbai until 1980. Post Independence, the Tata committee suggested the need for a separate airport to meet the international flight demands of the city. As a result, The International Airport Authority of India (IAAI) planned the construction of Sahar International Airport.
The construction was completed by December 1980. Later in 1999, the government decided to merge both the airports under a single banner of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. And although both the terminals are under one name, it might take about 20 mins to drive and reach one Terminal from the other.
Who designed Mumbai airport?
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is an American Construction company that designed the Mumbai Airport. Specifically, the Terminal 2 of the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport was created by them.
Can we stay overnight at Mumbai airport?
Yes, you can. Mumbai airport, titled the world’s best airport in 2017 offers convenient sleeping options.
As per my experience, Terminal 2, which is more recent than Terminal 1, offers better services.
Moreover, the airside is more comfortable and safer than the landside. If you are looking for a place to rest inside the airport, Aviserv Lounge offers sleeping pods that charge hourly. Also, if you are planning a more extended stay, the Transit Hotel and Lounge are your best bet.
They provide flexible bookings with plans of either 4, 7, or 24 hours of stay.
Who is the owner of Mumbai airport?
I like history because it has stories to offer. And here is an interesting little story behind the ownership of Mumbai Airport.
A consortium of Bidvest, GVK Industries Ltd, and Airport Company South Africa won the bid to operate the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
A joint venture was set up between the Airports Authority of India (26%) and a consortium (76%).
The venture was called Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL). Don’t worry about the names; it became simpler after this; in February 2021, Adani Group acquired all the stakes of the consortium in MIAPL.
So to sum it all up, Adani Group is the sole manager and operator of India’s second busiest airport.
So here are your top queries about airports in Mumbai I tried answering. Mumbai has been important throughout India’s last 300 years of history. And it will continue to stay the same in the coming years.
The government is also trying to build a new airport in Navi Mumbai to ease some traffic in the CSMIA. So by 2024, we will have a brand new airport serving our magical Mumbai!
It always baffles me how the city boasts the most billionaires in the country, making it a well-deserved financial capital.
I simultaneously see Mumbai as chaotic, hectic, and busy but beautiful and vibrant.
And as they say, it’s the city that never sleeps! (and given my messed up sleep pattern, it’s something which I completely agree with).
If you want to keep coming back to the city, I hope the information about Mumbai airports will help you.
Until next time, Adios!