Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has announced that it will resume operations from Terminal 1 tomorrow.
The reopening of Terminal 1 will be done in 2 phases. Phase 1 will see GoFirst and Star Air shift their operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 on 13th October 2021. This will be followed by flights of Air Asia India and TruJet shift to Terminal 1 on 16th October 2021. Additionally, select Indigo flights will move to Terminal 1 in the winter schedule. If you are travelling on Indigo from Mumbai in October-end or after that, be sure to head to the correct terminal!
Both GoFirst and Star Air have issued updates on their respective social media handles.
Star Air tweeted:
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Earlier, Adani Airports Holding Ltd., which took over the management of CSMIA in July, ha informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other stakeholders regarding the decision to shift the domestic flight operations of four airlines to Terminal 1 starting 20th October 2021. However, since the last few days, Mumbai Airport has seen a huge traffic flow and this has resulted in chaos at the airport, particularly during the morning rush hour. This has led to negative social media publicity with few passengers missing flights. This has led to advancing the re-opening date of the terminal.
Travel in India is clearly picking up. For 2 consecutive days, the country has seen over 3 lakh passengers take to the air. The re-opening of Terminal 1 will help the traffic being divided to both terminals to some extent. It will also help increase business for the airport and retailers as food courts and retail outlets in Terminal 1 will start seeing footfalls.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai Airport Authorities shifted all its operations to a single Terminal (Terminal 2). However, after cases started to decline, the authorities decided to resume operations from T1 on 10th March 2021. This will be second time that Terminal 1 is being reopened after it was closed in mid-April as India’s COVID-19 cases started rising resulting in low passenger footfalls.
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