New airport to open in Mumbai
05.02.2024 India Mumbai   13
New airport to open in Mumbai

To Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai, the busiest single runway airport runway in the world, the new Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) will join by the end of the year.

In December 2023, BOM broke the record for its busiest month, serving about 4.88 million passengers, justflying reports. com.

A second airport in Mumbai was proposed in the 1990s. Plans for the airport were approved in 2010 and construction began in 2021.

NMIA, located 40 km from BOM, will have two runways, three passenger terminals and two cargo terminals . It will be connected to BOM through the Mumbai Metro and Navi Mumbai Rapid Metro.

The airport development is being carried out in three phases. The first stage will be able to serve 25 million passengers per year. It will be expanded to its final capacity in 2032, adding facilities such as helipads, and will be able to handle 90 million passengers.

The lotus-shaped airport will initially serve regional routes. However, according to the Indian Express and, the airport will act as an international hub to improve global connectivity.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Civil Aviation Minister, expects the airport to begin operations closer to end of the year, but other sources believe it's likely closer to March 2025.