Mumbai Airport Opens International GA Terminal
Mumbai is the first airport in India to start international operations from a dedicated general aviation (GA) terminal, which until last month catered only to private domestic charters. “The commencement of international flight operations from the GA terminal is a significant step for the airport in our endeavor to cater to the needs of the growing nonscheduled operations,” Mumbai International Airport managing director Sanjay Reddy told AIN. Mumbai handled 13,290 nonscheduled flights in the fiscal year ending March 31, an increase of 61 percent from five years ago. In all, 30,000 passengers from private or nonscheduled flights flew in and out of Mumbai airport during the fiscal year that just ended. Meanwhile, Reddy said GA traffic at the airport is expected to grow by 10 percent annually over the next five years. Mumbai’s GA terminal houses two private lounges, two conference halls, two crew rest rooms and a cafe bar, as well as immigration counters and security holds. Apart from the concierge service, passengers are also provided personal travel assistance to the aircraft.