Flying high

Wednesday 16 Jan 2008

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

In October 2006, MIAL unveiled the masterplan for CSIA, which was developed by Netherlands Airports Consultants B V. (NACO), world's leading consultant in airport design and master planning.

The master plan has been designed to expand and upgrade the infrastructure at CSIA to cater to traffic of 40 million passengers per year and one million metric tonnes of cargo per year.

The master plan for CSIA builds on the comprehensive planning carried out over the last six months and encapsulates a blueprint for a major transformation of the airport by 2010.

The implementation of the master plan will be undertaken in two main stages:

The Interim Phase is the implementation of several immediate measures. These are to be completed by 2008 and will include:

  • Commencement of refurbishment and construction at Terminal 2
  • Revamp of Terminal 1A to upgrade and expand facilities such as check-in counters and boarding bridges
  • Setting-up of temporary cargo facilities to add capacity
  • Upgradation of the airside runway facilities such as rapid exit taxiways to increase runway capacity to cater to traffic growth
  • Enhancing city-side facilities such as multi-level car parks
  • Phase One to be completed by 2010 includes:

  • Creation of a brand new terminal building (T2) at Sahar catering to both international and domestic passengers
  • Construction of a dedicated link from the Western Express Highway to T2 at Sahar
  • Enhancement of the airside facilities by shifting the Air Traffic Control tower and construction of a parallel taxiway
  • Development of infrastructure on the city-side
  • Building new cargo facilities
  • During the master planning stage, MIAL designed a parallel runway and identified all the constraints that would come in the way of this development. These constraints include rehabilitation of slums, relocation of all Air India and other facilities, buying large tracks of private land outside CSIA and removing a number of private buildings outside CSIA which are obstructions in the funnel.

    Addressing such complex constraints can not be time bound. Therefore, while MIAL will continue to work on the parallel runway option, it was decided to substantially upgrade the existing cross runway operation to meet the large growth in demand. This cross runway operation would handle 40 million passengers which is more or less similar to the capacity of a close parallel runway. The upgradation of the cross runway would include construction of rapid exit taxi ways, full parallel taxi ways and additional lead-in taxiways. Further, air traffic control procedures and practices are being improved to cater to the seamless flow of aircraft movements.

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