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August 25, 2008

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai: 3,445 mt

The airport at Mumbai is the busiest in India and is the country's largest and, perhaps, most important airport. The runway at the airport is 3,445 mt long.

The domestic and international air terminals at the Mumbai airport were earlier called Santacruz Airport and Sahar International Airport. However, after the modernization of the airport, which has turned into a world-class facility, it has been named Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

A consortium led by GVK Group and comprising Airports Company South Africa and Bidvest was awarded the mandate to modernise the airport.

Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), a joint venture company owned by the GVK led consortium (74%) and Airports Authority of India (26%) was formed in March 2006 to manage and develop CSIA.

The modernisation of CSIA assumes great significance given Mumbai's status as India's financial capital and its aspirations to become a key business centre in Asia.

In 2007, CSIA catered to 25.2 million passengers and handled around 521,932 tonnes of cargo.

MIAL's vision is to make CSIA a truly world-class airport and equip it with the best possible facilities, infrastructure and management.

With the upgradation of the infrastructure, CSIA will be able to cater to passenger traffic of 40 million passengers per year and handle cargo traffic of 1 million tonnes per year.

Image: An Air India Boeing 747 aircraft takes off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. | Photograph: Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images

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