Friday, October 13, 2006

At T2, 316 check-in counters, 4 lakh sq ft of luxury and duty free

Mumbai : Circa 2010: Zipping across a dedicated six-lane flyover or travelling by a spur line of the Mumbai Metro to catch a flight—the beautiful landscaping a mere blur—you hit the airport precinct to alight at the peacock-inspired four-level glass and steel construction that will be Mumbai’s showcase to the world. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
A brand new terminal building, T2, with everything on offer — from the best international brands to a quintessential Mumbai feel. Of the Rs 5,200 crore that Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) will spend by 2010, ‘‘65-70 per cent investment will be on T2,’’ said G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, MIAL.
The current parking lot at the international terminal will make way for T2, which will host new airline lounges, retail outlets and duty free shopping. The main area, an Arrival Plaza spread over four lakh sq ft, will be accessible to all visitors and will be promoted as a ‘‘destination point.’’
When T2 is ready, there will be 316 check-in counters compared to the existing 182 and 51 aerobridges as against the 18 now. The number of car parking spots will go up three times — from 3,600 now to 12,000. Aircraft parking stands will increase from 84 to 106, with 67 in contact and 39 remote stands.
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