More passengers taking domestic flights from Mumbai will be able to use the swanky T2, with two airlines set to move there next month.
According to Mumbai airport officials, national carrier Air India and budget airline GoAir are scheduled to move operations into a new section of the two-year-old terminal from September.
At present, Vistara, which started operations in January, is the only domestic airline to function out of T2. The other three domestic airlines operating from old domestic terminal are likely to move in by January 2016, said airport sources.
“The last round of talks comprising allotment of space, facilities and the terminal rents are on. The shifting will happen soon, but the dates are yet to be decided,” said an airport official.
The spokespersons for the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), Air India and GoAir refused to comment on the relocation.
While fliers travelling abroad are already using a section of T2, the areas kept for domestic operations are yet to open. According to airport sources, currently, only the southwest pier — one of two arms of the X-shaped terminal — is operational. Domestic operations will move inside the southeast pier, which now looks like an amputated arm. The arm was chopped off on the drawing board as a portion of the proposed space is encroached on by slums.
T2 is a one-of-its-kind vertical airport terminal in the country with a capacity to handle 40 million passengers in a year. It has 188 check-in counters, 141 immigration counters, 10 baggage carousels and a multi-level car park for 5,000 vehicles.
It also houses the country’s largest public art collection called ‘Jaya He’. The art wall has 7,000 artifacts from across the country.