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to 100 million by 2030.
e new Terminal 3 is now under construction at
a cost of about US$2.6 billion and is expected to add
capacity for an additional 33 million passengers per
annum when it opens in July, in time for the October
2010 opening of the Commonwealth Games. It will
be the third-largest terminal in the world a er facilities
at Dubai International Airport and Beijing Capital
e new, two -tier terminal, designed by HOK in
consultation with Mott MacDonald, will also make
IGIA the world's sixth-largest airport by capacity.
e terminal will o er 168 check-in counter, 74 aero-
bridges, 30 parking bays, 72 immigration counters, 15
X-ray screening areas and other features. More than 90
percent of IGIA's passengers will use the terminal once
it opens, since it will accommodate all international
airlines and Indian full-ser vice carriers including Air
India, Jet Airways and King sher.
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
is the country's busiest airport by passenger tra c.
e airport operates four terminals and covers an
area of 5.9 square kilometres, handling more than 25
million passengers a year and 533,593 tonnes of cargo.
Together with Delhi's IGIA, the two airports handle
more than half of all tra c in South Asia.
Mumbai master plan
Since February 2006, the airport has been managed
by Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL),
a consortium of GVK Industries and Airports
Company South Africa (ACSA). In October 2006,
MIAL unveiled its master plan for the airport, aimed
at expanding and upgrading it to cater for up to 40
million passengers and 1 million tonnes of cargo per
year by 2010. e separate international and domestic
terminals were to be merged into one terminal building
and the former domestic terminal converted to a
dedicated cargo facility.
e plan has been undertaken in two stages. e rst
was completed in 2008 and included: refurbishment
and construction at Terminal 2; upgrades and
expansion to Terminal 1A; the addition of temporary
cargo facilities; upgrades to runway facilities such as
the addition of rapid-exit taxiways to increase capacity;
and the addition of land-side facilities such as multi-
storey car parks.
Additional goals scheduled for completion this year
include : a new terminal at Sahar, for both domestic
and international ights; a dedicated link from the
Western Express Highway to the new terminal; the
enhancement of airside facilities by transferring the
control tower and construction of a parallel taxiway;
development of land-side infrastructure; and the
addition of new cargo facilities.
In its report, CAPA predicts that by 2020 Indian
domestic air tra c will have grown to 160-180 million
passengers a year from 40.77 million in 2008, while
international tra c will exceed 80 million. is kind
of growth cannot take place unless the infrastructure is
in place to support it, guaranteeing that India's airport
development and upgrade plans will remain a high
The past decade saw the arrival on the scene of a flood of new airlines, including budget carriers such as SpiceJet.
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