Only budget airlines at Mumbai airport's 1A, 1B terminals once T2 takes off

Mumbai airport terminalThe new international terminal at Mumbai Airport. (IE photo: Pradip Das)

Mumbai's Santa Cruz terminal, which currently hosts all domestic flights, will cater only to low-cost carriers such as Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir once full-service carriers start operating from the new terminal T2 expected to be complete by mid-2015, reports Rhik Kundu in Mumbai. "The Santa Cruz terminals 1A and 1B will exclusively cater to low-cost airlines once Jet Airways and Air India shift their operations to T2 by June-July 2015," an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official told FE.

Tata-SIA is expected to launch a full service carrier service later this year while Air Asia India hopes to hit the Indian skies in the next two-three months, with a no-frills model.

Industry experts say that while devoting an entire terminal to no-frills airlines will save passengers time, it may not help them save on user development fees, which are uniform across domestic airlines. "The landing, parking and housing charges for aircraft are also not different for the two models," Peeyush Naidu, director, Deloitte India, said.

Delhi airport's terminal 1D caters exclusively to low-cost domestic carriers.

Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), which operates Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), is a joint venture between a GVK-led consortium holding 74% stake and AAI 26%. T2 is set to serve as the arrival and departure point for all international flights to and from the city by February, an MIAL official said, adding "we expect all international operations to shift to the new terminal in the next 30-45 days." Once fully operational, T2 will cater to about 750 inbound and outgoing flights daily, (domestic: 500, international: 200, cargo/private: 50). The terminal is also set to witness an increase in the number of aircraft movement per hour, from the current 40-42 to 48.

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