The infrastructure of the old International airport couldn’t suffice for the influx of passengers the financial capital of this country received. Delays in departures and the lack of amenities made the wait even more unbearable. Enter the project, Terminal 2. The decision to privatize the Mumbai Airport was taken in 2006 and it opened for operations on the 12th of February. It is now managed by the Airport Authority of India and a GVK led consortium, which played the major role in it’s revamp.
The decision to undertake the modernization of a live airport was a brave one as it is extremely difficult to engage in planning and construction while the airport continues to operate. Development was stalled for many years due to encroachments by slums on the land assigned for this project, which was already a very limited space of 1,400 acres. This problem was tackled in the design which resulted in a 4-storey X-shaped structure, which houses all airlines operating international and domestic flights under one roof. Resembling a dancing peacock after the country’s national bird, the terminal was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architects behind the Burj Khalifa. The parking is also a structure of awe, with a capacity of 5200 vehicles at any given time and is expertly camouflaged to reveal only the largest open air garden in Mumbai.
Capturing the essence of India as a land of rich cultural heritage and diversity, the Terminal 2 is home to the country’s largest public art program, titled “Jaya He”, a 3.2 KM long Art Wall, illuminated by lights and comprising of over 6000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from almost all the corners of India. At an estimated project cost of Rs. 5,500 crores, the rebuilt airport projects grandeur and caters to an estimated 40 million passengers annually.
With such a huge inflow of passengers, CSIA has attempted to make waiting for flights less painful by offering free Wi-Fi connectivity in all waiting areas and a 2,20,000 square feet of ample retail space for passengers to shop. Restaurants available at the airport include Domino’s Pizza, Mad Over Donuts, Pizza Hut, Baskin & Robbins, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and KFC. It has over 180 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters for departing passengers and 76 immigration counters for incoming fliers. To get around this mega structure, passengers also have access to 47 escalators and 73 elevators.
The new Terminal 2 is an amalgamation of world class design, operational efficiency and provides a glimpse into the rich and diverse Indian culture. Situated in the midst of Mumbai, it is easily accessible from almost all the corners of this humongous city. HPI is conveniently located at a 4KM/20 minute drive from this marvel of a structure, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and is the perfect choice as it offers competitively priced and high quality rooms with complimentary breakfast for all our guests!