Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mumbai airport is the first Indian airport to be featured on postage stamps

Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai became the first airport to be commemorated by the Indian Department of Posts through postage stamps.

The Department of Posts on Sunday issued two postage stamps to commemorate the completion of 75 years of glorious operations of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.

H.C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle unveiled the stamps of Rs. 5 and Rs. 15, respectively, at an event in Mumbai.
The event was also in honour the memory of  Late JRD Tata, who, on October 15, 1932, piloted the first flight of Tata Air Services from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad, carrying airmail.

The erstwhile Royal Air Force commenced its operations in 1942 from Santacruz, a military airfield.
Post independence, the airfield was transferred to the Indian Government for civilian use and came to be known as Santacruz airport.

The hangars of Royal Air Force Santacruz were converted into terminals for passenger traffic, one hangar was used as a domestic terminal and the other as an international terminal.

With the passage of time, the passenger traffic increased and so did the need for the systematic development of the airport.
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