We finally know what the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport will look like: long fluid lines, sprawling concourses and a recurring lotus motif across the complex. This courtesy the first look revealed by GVK, who is in charge of designing Mumbai’s second international airport.
Navi Mumbai International Airport
The airport at Navi Mumbai has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the firm that has also designed the massive Daxing International Airport in Beijing. The complex will have three terminals–a central forecourt and two along the flanks. Together with the two parallel runways, the airport will be able to handle 90 million passengers per year, when it is fully ready. (In comparison, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airpor, Mumbai, handles approximately 40-50 million passengers annually through single-runway operations.)
The airport will be connected by an expressway, a Metro line, and a water transport link. The Navi Mumbai International Airport was scheduled to begin operations in four phases, with the first flight taking off last year. Now delayed, there is no official word on when operations begin, but going by how it looks, we can hardly wait.
Take a tour of the NMIA here (action begins at 1.16 seconds)