Mumbai AirportChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Sometimes also referred to as CSIA, this is the primary international airport in the commercial capital of India – Mumbai. Prior to CSIA, this airport was named as Sahar International Airport in accordance with the name of the locality in which it is situated; it was to honour the valour of the Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji that the airport was later renamed after him. Bombay is still used in the IATA code of “BOM” for this airport.
With five terminals fully operational at present, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport closely follows Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to occupy the second position on the list of busiest airports in India. The airport, when put together with Indira Gandhi International Airport and Chennai International Airport, also enjoys the unique distinction of handling more than half of the air traffic in the south Asia region.
Very few airports in world are located within the domains of a city’s municipality, like the Mumbai airport – housed in the suburban regions of Santa Cruz, the airport was famous for being the busiest airport in the country till 2008. With increasing air traffic, the airport has been modernised on several occasions since 2006 when a consortium by the name of Mumbai International Airport Limited, formed by Bidvest, Airports Company South Africa and GVK Industries Limited, was handed the responsibility of modernising the Mumbai airport to fine tune it with the burgeoning numbers of passengers.
The latest initiatives of this consortium aimed at modernization of the airport, with a target deadline of end of 2013 but unfortunately delayed due to unexpected roadblocks, seeks to incorporate the following elements in the basic structure of the Mumbai airport.
- The annual cargo handling and passengers handling capacity of the airport shall be ramped up to 1 million metric tonnes and 40 million respectively.
- The new terminal of the airport shall be connected to the Western Express Highway by means of a six lane road to boost the airport’s connectivity with the rest of the city.
Differentiating between the Mumbai International Airport and Mumbai Domestic AirportPeople new to the Mumbai airport may probably find it a bit difficult to decipher the difference between the domestic and international wings of the airport. Here, the most important thing to remember is that the entrances for the two segments are different, but they share a common runway. 1A and 1B terminals of the Mumbai airport are exclusively meant to cater to the domestic passengers. Whereas Ville Parle is the nearest local railway station to reach the Mumbai domestic airport, the one nearest to the international segment is Andheri.
Taxi services at Mumbai Airport
R.K. Travels Cab Service – Forget about all the tiresome experiences you may have had somewhere, in the past, trying to hire the services of a cab operator in a metro city – here, R.K.Travels Mumbai airport cab service provides pick up and drop services along with the exquisite traveling facilities in an unending array of modern cabs. Available at the customer’s disposal at any time of the day, all round the calendar year, this Mumbai airport taxi service is known for its easy accessibility (nowadays booking can be done, just by snapping your fingers, online), hospitality and efficiency in the day to day operations.
Meru Cabs Mumbai - If you are looking for a Mumbai airport cab that is renowned all over the country for its efficient operations and timely responses to customer queries, then Meru Cabs is the finest option for you to choose. Launched in 2007, this taxi service provider, present in most of the major metro cities of India, is well known for the sophisticated technology that it employs in its daily operations and procedures.
Maruti Esteem and Tata Indigo occupy the lion’s share of the more than 5000 strong fleet of cabs under Meru. Steadily permeating its services into commercially important Indian cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore, Meru Cabs’ robust growth in the last few years has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Buses at Mumbai Airport
If you are planning a trip to the Mumbai Airport without knowing about the Mumbai Airport Buses, then you might soon realize how big a mistake you are committing. Even though private transportation to and from the airport is available for passengers, the safest and most economical mode of transport is considered to the public transport of Mumbai.
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is the public organization that provides bus services which criss cross the entire length and breadth of the city and connect the suburban regions with the commercially important sections in the heart of the city. Passengers traveling to the Mumbai Airport may avail either the Air Conditioned (Express) Buses or the normal ones circulated by BEST.
The Domestic Terminal of the Airport is connected to Ville Parle East and Andheri East Railway stations by the bus route number 312, whereas the International Terminal is linked to Ville Parle East Railway Station by bus route number 321 and to Aandheri East Railway Station by bus route number 308.
Important emergency numbers
Domestic Terminal Services Mumbai AirportMumbai Airport Police Station: (022) 26156309
CISF Control Room: + 91 9930144130/ (022) 26264637
Lost & Found
Terminal 1A: +91 9769068860
Terminal 1B: +91 9833868722
Left Luggage Facility
Terminal 1A: +91 9769068860
Terminal 1B: +91 9833868722
Duty Terminal Manager
Terminal 1A: +91 9833301318
Terminal 1B: +91 9833301321
Terminal 1C: +91 9833301581
Fire Control Room
Terminal 1A: +91 9930144324/ 22 66852344
Terminal 1B: +91 9930144320/ 22 66852339
Terminal 1C: +91 9930144312/ 22 66850340
International Terminal Services Mumbai AirportSahar Police Station: (022) 26828916
CISF Control Room: (022) 66850471
Medical Services: (022) 66850260, +91 9833301322
Fire Control Room: (022) 26813202/ 66850516
Duty Terminal Manager: +91 9833301319
Lost and Found: + 91 9769068860
Left Luggage Service: +91 9769068860
Terminal 2B: +91 22 26828719
Terminal 2C: +91 22 26828720
Arrival: +91 22 26813265
Departure: +91 22 26813472
Following are the medical services Mumbai Airport emergency numbers
Domestic Terminal: 9833301317, (020) 26156799/ 26264525/ 26264460
International Terminal: 9833301322/ 9930144140, (020) 66850260