Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in India has opened its new integrated terminal two (T2), designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
T2 cost Rs55bn ($892.8m) to build, spans across 4.4 million square feet and can process 40 million passengers per year operating at 24 hours a day.
Airport operator GVK Mumbai International Airport managing director G V Sanjay Reddy said: "This terminal will make CSIA a gateway to the city of Mumbai and India with international and domestic passengers."
Incorporating international and domestic passenger services in addition to cargo, ground handling, security, retail under one roof, the new the four-storey terminal is claimed to optimise terminal operations and trim down passenger walking distances.
Features of the new terminal include a 15m cable-stayed glass wall, an 11-acre long roof supported by 30 columns, a 30,000ft² glass skylight, 4km of LED lighting on the facade and a multi-level car park with a 5,200 capacity.
The terminal is also equipped with 208 check-in counters, 23 domestic and 30 international security pedestals, 60 emigration counters, 124 security check positions, 41 travellators, 47 escalators and 73 elevators.
Level two contains around ten fully-automated baggage-handling carousels and 72 arrival immigration counters, while level one is used for ground transportation.
T2’s check-in hall directs international passengers to a retail hub, while domestic passengers are moved down to level three where there is a domestic retail hub with a palm and waterfall garden.
GVK claims that the design will adapt to changes in traffic pattern and peak time, allowing for facilities sharing between domestic and international passengers.
According to the airport operator, T2’s Airport Joint Control Centre is claimed to be the first of its kind in the country and will house all staff from security to airline officials and airport operations, to facilitate collaborative and speedy decision-making.
Image: The new Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport will start operating from 12 February 2014. Photo: courtesy of SOM / (c) Crystal CG.