As authorities at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport gear up for the opening of Terminal 2 on Wednesday, airlines have been sending out alerts to passengers to reach the airport well before their scheduled departure time.
The reason for sending out these alerts is that airlines and the airline officials apprehend that the shifting of operations to the new terminal 2 from the present one is bound to face its share of teething troubles. They anticipate that it will create a lot of confusion among passengers.
“Also , the inauguration of the elevated road leading to T2 by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is scheduled for Wednesday morning. This is very likely to cause some traffic jam along the Western Express Highway,” said an airport official, explaining the reason for which airlines have been told to communicate the same to their passengers.
Besides, airport authorities said that they also apprehend some problem due to an agitations scheduled for Wednesday by the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. The party has called for a state-wide protest against the collection of toll charges.
The airport official said that adequate signage and additional personnel will be deployed to direct passengers and vehicles to ensure smooth movement.
Terminal 2 is an iconic mega-structure spread across 4.4million square feet. It has the ability to handle 40million passengers annually.
The new airport terminal is home to India’s largest public art programme in the form of a 3km multi-storey Art Wall illuminated by skylights that has over 5,000 pieces of artwork and artefacts from across Maharashtra and also every region and corner of India.