More than 30,000 people – 15,000 arriving passengers and 15,000 departing passengers from 200 flights – will be hosted by Mumbai International Airport Limited or MIAL's brand new terminal 2 (T2) on Wednesday, as it commences operations for the very first time.
The transition of all international flights from the existing terminal to the new integrated T2 will be completed with the departure of Malaysian Airlines flight MH738 to Kuala Lumpur, which will be the last departure from the old terminal, at 12.25 pm.
Air India's flight from Singapore, AI343, will be the first arrival at 1 pm while Jet Airway's flight 9W118 to London Heathrow at 1.20 pm will be the first departure at the brand new terminal T2.
“During the last few weeks since its inauguration, the terminal underwent a comprehensive security sweep as well as the final stages of ORAT (Operational Readiness Activation and Transition). As part of the ORAT process MIAL also undertook familiarization processes for airlines, ground handling staff, security, customs, immigration and MIAL employees; to help get them acquainted with the terminal building, new technologically advanced systems, facilities and processes for smooth and seamless transition of all stakeholders from old international terminal to the new integrated T2,” said a MIAL release.
All international flights departing before 1pm on Wednesday will be from the old terminal and all departures after 1 pm will be from the new Terminal 2. Likewise, flights arriving before 12 noon will be at the old terminal and all arrivals after 12 noon will be at the new Terminal 2. The old terminal will be closed for operations from 2 pm onwards.
The T2 will be catering to only international flights from Wednesday. GVK, who built the new terminal, is looking to introduce domestic operations at T2 by early next year.
“We hope to commence domestic operations at T2 by February next year,” said Issac George, GVK's chief financial officer said at a recent analyst call.
Officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI) had however told FE that it will be the full service carriers which will be asked to shift to T2, once it starts it domestic operations, while the no-frills will remain in the old terminal at Santa Cruz.
The new terminal, T2, will also be the first Indian airport to be fitted with 52 two-tier aerobridges which is set to reduce time taken by passengers to travel from the aircraft to the