By the end of 2013, CSIA's new T2 terminal will be ready for take-off and with it will come a 6-lane expressway that help you zip across the busy, sweaty Andheri traffic. Designed by the American firm SOM, the new terminal is expected to meet international standards, in aspects such as architecture, planning, technology, functionality and service.
Though the domestic airport at Santacruz was recently renovated it was felt that Andheri’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – the country’s second busiest – needed a larger, better planned airport. This will function alongside the new international airport that is being planned at Panvel. Though international traffic will shift to T2 next year, a few domestic airlines will move their operations there a year later. The remaining will continue to operate from the old terminal along with privately owned aircraft.
Built for international flyers, the new terminal which will have 188 check-in counters, will also have 60 departure immigration counters and 76 arrival immigration counters.
The new terminal has an interesting X-shaped parking lot for aircraft, designed to accommodate more in lesser space. It will have 32 fixed wing bridges and 66 passenger boarding bridges.
Sixty per cent of the work on T2 has already been completed. Most of the work on the car park – built to accommodate 5,000 vehicles – has also been completed. Landscaping will be done on the car park terrace, taking away from the concrete feel of the terminal.
The retail area, spread over 21,000 sq mts, will have high-end fashion and accessories, duty free goods, handicraft items as well as convenience stores.