Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport BOM
Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport also recognised as Sahar international airport is situated in Mumbai, India. This airport happens to be one of the most crowded airports with respect to passenger traffic.
Geographically it is recorded to cover an area of 1450 acres. The massive area has around 5 terminals, which cater to 25 million passengers, and 533593 tons of cargo. Sahar International Airport can be credited to take care of almost 50% of South Asia’s air traffic. This airport has cost around US$2 billion. The further amendments are expected to be complete by 2014. The building height will be of 45m. The structure will consist of 4 stories.
It is told that in 17th century, Sahar international airport was combined with Santa Cruz airport, and was given the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport based on Shivaji Bhosle, a Marhata emperor.
The airport can basically be divided into two main terminals. The first one is the Santa Cruz one, which caters to the domestic flights, and the second one is the Sahar international terminal, which entertains the international flights. Even though both the terminals have common airside facilities, they are diverted on structural basis. A shuttle service is provided by the operating agency of the airport particularly for the passengers in transit.
Terminal 1 can further be classified into Terminal 1-A, which caters to Indian subsidiary airlines like Indian Airlines, Air India Regional, and kingfisher airlines. Terminal 1-B entertains JetLite, SpiceJet, GoAir, and such domestic low cost carriers. Terminal 1-C is the recently opened one, which was initiated in April 2010, and it serves Jet Airways.
Terminal 2 is now recognised as terminal 2-A. It consists of 41 – 46 parking bays and 3 – 8 gates. Terminal 2-C especially entertains Air India, and Air India Express. Terminal 2 B was an extension area between the two terminals.
Following companies provide catering services: Ambassador's Sky Chef, Chef Air, Oberoi Flight Services, Sky Gourmet, and TAJ-SATS. Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan petroleum, and Indian oil are the fuellers. The ground handlers include Air Works India, Cambata Aviation, Celebi – Nas, NACIL. The passengers can enjoy a shuttle service from domestic to international terminal, which runs in every 30 minutes. Pre paid taxi service is also provided to facilitate the users.
Chhatrapati Shivaji airport has been acknowledged as the fourth best airport in the world by airport international council, as the best airport in India, as the best airport in public-private partnership, aeronautical excellence airport of the year 2008, and first airport in India to implement self service kiosks.
A second parallel runway construction is planned to collide with the requirements of Union ministry of environment. This project so far seems to be a great strength of India.