Adani Group to Replace Mumbai Airport Terminal, Boost T2 Capacity During Transition

In an exciting development, the Adani Group has revealed its plans to demolish Terminal 1 (T1) of Mumbai airport next year. This announcement comes shortly after the Navi Mumbai airport becomes operational in March 2025. The Adani Group, known for its expertise in various sectors including ports and airports, aims to replace T1 with a modern terminal, ensuring a seamless experience for passengers.

A New Terminal and Enhanced Connectivity

Karan Adani, the Managing Director of Adani Ports, shared insights into the group’s plans for Mumbai airport. He mentioned that the new terminal is expected to be constructed approximately three years after the demolition of T1. As a part of the development, Terminal 2 (T2) and the proposed new T1 will be connected through an underground tunnel. This ambitious initiative aims to enhance passenger movement and convenience within the airport. Karan Adani further elaborated by highlighting the necessary renovations, emphasizing that T1 has structural and safety issues that need to be addressed. The Adani Group is collaboratively working with airlines to finalize the plans for the successor of T1, ensuring a state-of-the-art facility for travelers. Importantly, they intend to synchronize the renovation timeline of T1 with the opening of the Navi Mumbai airport, in order to minimize disruptions to passenger capacity.

Optimizing Passenger Capacity During Transition

During the transitional phase until the new T1 is operational, the capacity of T2 is expected to increase significantly. It is projected to accommodate approximately 400.4 million passengers annually, further cementing Mumbai airport’s status as a major transportation hub. The Adani Group is committed to managing the absence of T1 from the system effectively, ensuring a seamless travel experience for all passengers. Currently, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport handles around 51 million passengers annually, with T2 managing 40 million passengers and T1 handling the remaining 11 million. With the reshuffling of capacity, T1’s share of passengers will be divided between T2 and the Navi Mumbai airport.

Key Details Under Finalization

As the plans move forward, the Adani Group is diligently working on finalizing the crucial details of the new T1. Discussions regarding the cost, capacity, and design are underway to ensure that the terminal meets the highest standards. By taking into account various factors such as structural integrity, passenger comfort, and efficiency, the Adani Group aims to create a world-class facility that will support the growth and development of Mumbai’s airport ecosystem. This ambitious project by the Adani Group affirms their commitment to evolve Mumbai’s aviation infrastructure, further enhancing connectivity, and bolstering the city’s prospects as a bustling international gateway. Travelers can look forward to an improved experience with the upcoming new terminal, which is poised to meet the demands and expectations of the modern aviation industry.

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