Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is India's second busiest airport. It is one of the main international gateways to enter the country. The airport serves the city of Mumbai and its suburban areas. Its domestic and international terminals are situated in two separate places in the western suburbs of Santacruz and Andheri, respectively. The distance between these two terminals is 4 km.
The airport at Santacruz was built in 1942, which was formerly known as the Juhu Aerodrome. Later, the airport was expanded with an additional terminal at Andheri in order to maintain the air traffic requirements. In 1999, it was renamed as ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’ after the famous Maratha king.
Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Bangkok Airways, United, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qantas airlines regularly fly into Mumbai.
There are mainly two terminals at the airport, Terminal – 1 for Domestic flights & Terminal - 2 for International flights.
Airlines serving the Airport :
Terminal 1 :
Terminal 1 serves various private airlines like SpiceJet, Indigo & GO Air. The terminal 1 is divided into 3 main buildings: A - B - C. Flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Kochi, Bangalore, Kochi, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Srinagar, Kolkata and other major cities.
Terminal 1 connects Terminal 2 for travellers who land at one terminal and have a connecting flight at another terminal.
Terminal 2 International Terminal: :
The new international terminal T2 was opened in January 2014 replacing the old international terminal. Terminal – 2 operates international flights and one of the busiest Airport during the night. However, some domestic flights also fly from here. The international Terminal-2 offers flight services to 43 overseas places such as Abu Dhabi, London, Dubai, Cairo, Paris, Singapore and other major cities of the world.
Both terminals handle more than 850 aircraft per day. More than 45.2 million passengers traffic every year.
Services and Facilities :
CSI Airport provides numerous essential services to ensure a comfortable experience for passengers. The Pranaam GVK Lounge, Loyalty Lounge and CIP Lounge at Terminal – 2 (the international terminal) and the Carnations Lounge at Terminal – 1 (the domestic terminal) gives relaxation facilities to the visitors. Passengers can enjoy leisure services and waiting hours here.
Special childcare rooms and baby strollers are the perfect examples of providing customer forward services. To cater to medical emergencies, there are also available paramedic services. Minor passengers can get official staff supervision and assistance. Also, free wheelchair services are available for those who have special needs.
Other services include Information Desks, Telecommunication Services, Prayer Rooms, Postal Services, Baggage Trolleys, Foreign Exchange counters for international travellers, Wrapping Services, Free Wi-Fi, ATMs, and other necessary services.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSI Airport) provides hotel facilitation for all its passengers for a comfortable stay. Travellers can book hotels from the airport at the counter. Both domestic and international terminals provide this facility.
You will find various retail stores at both the terminals from where you can buy artefacts, gift articles, accessories and even things of international brands such as electronic items, designer outfits and accessories. The Jay He Art Wall at Terminal 2 is the marvellous display of traditional artwork. Passengers may also enjoy spa services at the airport lounges.
Mumbai is indeed an amazing travel destination. While getting leisure hours at Airport, one can go to shopping, historical sites like the Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri (known as Film City) and other nearby places. The night life of the city one must not miss to visit. The city will definitely offer memorable experiences.