The A380, which has been in service for more than six years, is the largest passenger aircraft in the world. It can accommodate 525 passengers in a three-class configuration and up to 853 seats in a single-class configuration, according to the Airbus website. Airbus has got order for 259 such aircraft, out of which 119 have been delivered. Nine out of ten airlines flying the A380 such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Lufthansa operate flights to India.
Other dignitaries present at the inauguration were Ajit Singh, Union Minister for Civil Aviation; Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Food Processing; Praful Patel, Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; K Shankarnarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra; Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation; S Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences along with Dr. GVK Reddy, Executive Chairman, GVK Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL) and G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, GVK MIAL.
Applauding the efforts by GVK, the PM said, âœT2 is expected to establish new global benchmarks of functional efficiency and operational safety for airports. It also exemplifies our ability as a nation to build world-class infrastructure. The PPP (public private partnership) model has worked particularly well in the civil aviation sector with five PPP airports, now handling about 57 per cent of the passenger traffic and above 70 per cent of the cargo in the country. The success of T2 should give a boost to other PPP projects in the country, which are under implementation or at the planning stage.â Further, the PM stressed that all pending issues related to the Navi Mumbai Airport have been resolved and that the Govt. of Maharashtra, in collaboration with the Centre, is now moving ahead on the work for this new airport.
Speaking at the inauguration of T2, Dr. Reddy, said âœThe opening of T2 is one of the most important milestones in the history of CSIA, as well as Mumbai. In May 2006 we adopted the Mumbai airport for modernisation under the privatisation policy. GVK constructed the new T2 in the same location of present international Terminal without shutting down the existing airport.â
According to Sanjay Reddy, âœThe new T2 is a monument to the beautiful spirit of Mumbai and its people. This Terminal will make CSIA a gateway to Mumbai and India for international and domestic passengers. This is an airport that will redefine global benchmarks in aviation and airport development.â
Commenting on the development, Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com said, âœThe launch of the new international Terminal with more check-in and immigration counters, as well as better infrastructure facilities is a positive development that will certainly make travelling in and out of Mumbai more comfortable and quicker.â
Manu Monga, Vice President and Head of Marketing, Musafir.com, stated, âœThe opening of the swanky T2 will certainly prove beneficial for passengers. It is essential for airports to be receptive to the comfort of passengers and meet the highest standards of efficiency and safety. Mumbai Airport being one of the busiest airports in the country truly deserves a world-class facility to ease the load on the existing infrastructure. T2 will sure be able to comfortably accommodate heavy passenger traffic and also generate traffic from other cities.â
|Terminal 2 Facts and Figures
Area: 4.4 million sq.ft.
Dedicated 6 lane, 3.2 km elevated expressway
208 check-in counters
Capacity to handle 40 million passengers annually
60 emigration counters for departure as against current 38
72 imigrations counters for arrival as against current 40
52 boarding bridges (20 available currently for both domestic and international)
Retail area of 200,000 sq. ft.
Lounges, 1 day hotel and 1 day transit hotel
10 Baggage carrousels, expandable to 14
Automated baggage system capable of handling 9,600 bags per hour
90 per cent passengers can be served by aerobridges
200,000 sq. ft. landscape garden
LEED gold certified
5,200 car multi-level car parking (largest in the country)
3 km multi-storey art wall, Jaya He (Glory to India)