When it comes to knowing the imaging stuff about your favorite airline or airport, people take a lot of interest to grab the unknown facts about the same. Talking about the famous airports of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country.
It serves its services to the Mumbai Metropolitan Area, India. Being spread over an operational area of 750 hectares, the airport handles more than 850 aircraft movements per day.
Hence due to its extreme popularity, we are discussing few interesting facts about Mumbai Airport, which some of the frequent travelers may not be aware of.
No. 1: ALSO KNOWN AS SAHAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is also known by the name of Sahar International Airport. It is an interesting fact because the majority of the people won’t be aware of this thing.
No. 2: SECOND BUSIEST AIRPORT OF INDIA:
The airport is the second busiest airport in the country on the basis of a total number of international passenger traffic. It is also the 14th busiest airport in Asia too and occupies the 29th spot when it comes to world’s busiest airports.
No. 3: HOLDS THE AWARD OF BEST AIRPORT IN INDIA, 2016:
In the year 2016, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has also won the award of Best Airport in India and Central Asia at the Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards. Back in the year 2015, Airports Council International has picked it as the ASQ Best Airport in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category
No. 4: PRIMARY HUB OF MANY MAJOR AIRLINES:
Mumbai Airport is the primary hub for many airlines. This includes airlines like Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir, Blue Dart Aviation, JetConnect, and IndiGo.
No. 5: TERMINAL T2 WHOPPING COST:
The Terminal T2 at the Mumbai Airport was built at a whopping cost of Rs. 12,500 crore.
No. 6: NAMED AFTER MARATHA EMPEROR:
The airport is named after the 17th-century Maratha Emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji. Initially, the airport is named as the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport but later Government of Maharashtra on 8 December 2016, it was re-renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, adding “Maharaj” to the name.
No. 7: TERMINAL 2 CONSISTS OF OUR LEVELS IN TOTAL:
You will find 4 levels in total at the terminal T2 of the airport. It includes the first level as the ground transport, Level 2 for arrivals, Level 3 for domestic departures, and Level 4 for international departures.
No. 8: TERMINAL 2 IS USED FOR DOMESTIC AS WELL AS INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS:
Terminal 2 at the Mumbai Airport supports both the domestic and international operations.
No. 9: SUPPORTS WORLD’S LARGEST ART EXHIBITION:
Mumbai Airport’s art project is the largest art project in the world which consists of more than 6,000 art works in total.
No. 10: HOLDS A LARGE NUMBER OF CCTVs & FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS:
The Terminal 2 area of the airport supports more than 2300 CCTV camera and over 70,000 detection devices for a fire alarm.
No. 11: BEST PLACE FOR SHOPPING:
Mumbai International Airport is considered as one of the best places for shopping. The retail space in the airport is about 21,000 sq.meters, which have many national and international brands store.
No. 12: LARGE PARKING AREA:
The airport supports a multi-level car park which can support more than 5,000 vehicles. T2 will mostly cater to international traffic, though a few domestic airlines are expected to move operations there later.