Due to the heavy rush at Terminal 2 (T2) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Friday morning, the airport authorities have decided to advanced the opening of Terminal 1 (T1) from October 20 to October 13.
Earlier the Terminal 1 (T1) of Mumbai Airport is set to resume domestic operation starting from October 20.
The decision comes after the Mumbai Airport witnessed chaotic scenes on Friday due to heavy passenger rush amid the festive season and airlines advising travelers to report early to allow sufficient time for security checks.
Go First To Operate All Flights From Terminal 1
Go First will be the first airline to start operations from the T1 Terminal of Mumbai Airport from 13th October 2021.
The airline also announced the same on social media and said, “Effective 13th Oct 2021, all Go First domestic flights operating to and from Mumbai will depart and arrive from Terminal 1 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).”
After Go First, AirAsia India will be the second airline to resume domestic flight operation from the T1 Terminal of Mumbai Airport on October 16.
It’s worth mentioning that terminal 1 has been shut since the Covid-19 pandemic erupted last March. Only T2 has remained functional.
Additional Personnel, X-Ray Machines To Be Deployed
A MIAL spokesperson said additional personnel would be deployed to handle the rush at the security gates in T2. Additional X-ray machines will be installed over the next four days and passengers should report early.
Also, the airport asking airlines to remind passengers to report early and allow them to check in their cabin luggage to avoid delays at security handling.
Mumbai Airport Issues Advisory For Passengers
Today, the Mumbai Airport has issued an advisory for passengers and said, “CSMIA is predicted to be busy with the onset of the festive period in the coming weeks. With this in mind. we are requesting all our passengers traveling through CSMIA to allocate additional time for travel-related formalities and organize onward travel in advance and have enough time for mandatory security protocols.”
In a statement, the airport operator said with the onset of the festive season, there has been a surge in passenger traffic and a sudden spike was witnessed at CSMIA in the morning. Other city airports of the country also witnessed similar scenes, it added. Airlines such as Vistara and Indigo asked passengers to check in early.
According to MIAL, owing to recent intelligence reports received by stakeholders and threats at another airport in the state, security has been further beefed up at CSMIA.
“The security and safety of our passengers are of utmost priority and our endeavor is to continue to not compromise on these critical aspects,” it added.