A new terminal integrating both domestic and international flight operations and a new network of taxiways are the two major projects that Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (MIAL) has undertaken to enhance the capacity of Mumbai airport. The airport, which accommodated almost 30 million passengers in the last financial year, is now bracing itself to reach the 40 million mark.
The new integrated terminal, which is being constructed in Sahar, Andheri, is likely to be ready by 2013. The facilities, say airport officials, will be enhanced with more space at hand. The new X-shaped terminal will have a total floor area of 4.3 million square metres across four floors. Airport officials said the new terminal will have 184 check-in counters, 56 passenger boarding bridges, 14 reclaim belts, around 700,000 sq ft of retail space and lounges and travel services and a car parking facility for over 5,000 cars. Currently, the airport has around 30 boarding bridges, 135 check-in counters and parking capacity for 3,600 vehicles.
However, aviation analysts say it is the enhancement of the operational area which will lead to the actual growth in flight movements and passenger traffic. Airport officials said the master plan drawn up by MIAL includes a network of taxiways running parallel to the cross-runways. "Currently, the airport has around five rapid exit taxiways. Two more are being constructed. By 2013, 11 rapid exit taxiways will be made,'' an airport official said. "This will reduce the runway occupancy time of aircraft and ultimately enhance capacity,'' he added. MIAL has already completed the resurfacing and widening of the main runway (09-27). The runway, MIAL said, is now code F compliant. "This means it can accommodate bigger aircraft like A-380, which it was unable to do so far,'' an airport official said.
What to Look Forward to At Mumbai Airport
A new x-shaped terminal integrating international and domestic operations.
Current capacity of the airport: around 30 million passengers | In 2013: 40million passengers
Current passenger boarding bridges: 25 | In 2013: 56
Current check in counters: 135 | In 2013: 184
Car parking facility: 3,600 cars | In 2013: Over 5,000 cars
Available aircraft parking: 84 | In 2013: 106
Proposed area: 4,39,000 square meters of terminal area.
A parallel network of taxiways running along the two cross runways.
11 Rapid exit taxiways.
Air Traffic Flow Management System (ATFMS) to manage airtraffic.
The airport has completed the reconstruction of the main runway, which involved upgradation and resurfacing the main runway over a period of seven months.
The width of the main runway has been increased from 45 meters to 60 meters to accommodated Airbus A-380 aircraft.
Airport also completed the reconstruction of secondary runway and resurfacing of the runway intersection.
Two more RETs are under construction.
Source: TNN, Nov 21, 2011