Operations at Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai will likely commence by the second week of February 2014.
On Friday, January 10, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the $887 million swanky four-story glass terminal that some are already hailing as an engineering marvel.
Although Terminal 2 is primarily meant for international flights, some domestic airlines will also offer services from there.
Spread over 4.4 million square feet, the glass terminal will double Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's annual passenger handling capacity to 40 million.
Terminal 2 will double the airport's aircraft parking stands to 100.
Terminal 2 Facilities
Much labor and cost have gone into building a sleek terminal that will surely impress all visitors.
The top level (Level 4) of the terminal will have check-in counters for both international and domestic flights, retail stores and international security.
Passengers access the top level via an elevated road. Keeping in mind Indian departure ceremonies, there are wide drop-off curbs with ample space to accommodate several people.
Domestic security and more retail stores will be on the level below (Level 3).
The next level (Level 2) is for all arrivals and the lowest level is designed for ground transportation.
Terminal 2 has 188 check-in counters, 60 departure immigration counters, 72 arrival immigration counters and 52 boarding gates.
To cater to the swarm of passengers, the terminal has 10,900 seats, 102 restrooms and 10 baggage carousels.
The terminal is equipped with 47 escalators, 73 elevators and 41 moving sidewalks.
Yes, there's free WiFi at the terminal. :)
A multi-level car park with a capacity of 5,000 vehicles is part of Terminal 2.
Weary travelers can pause for a few hours or longer at the day hotel or the transit hotel in the terminal.
Adding to the allure of Terminal 2 is a 3.2km Art Wall showcasing 7,000 Indian artwork and artifacts illuminated by skylights.