India’s first domestic-to-domestic passenger transfer service now functional at Mumbai airport

Travellers with a domestic layover at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) can now easily transfer with reduced congestion and transit time, its officials said on Monday, April 4.

With this new development, CSMIA is now the first airport in the country to create and begin operations from a dedicated domestic to domestic passenger and crew member transfer facility within Terminal-2 (T2).

This dedicated space has requisite security screening infrastructure along with pre-embarkation security checks conducted by the CISF.

India’s first domestic-to-domestic passenger transfer service now functional at Mumbai airport

This transit area will considerably cut down the minimum connection time (MCT) for transfer passengers and crew members, thereby enabling passengers with a shorter time gap between connecting flights to board.

Besides, it will add flexibility to the airline operators in planning their flight schedule and rostering of crew members as they will now be able to accommodate passengers with a lesser time interval between their connecting flights.

This enhancement will, in turn, help decongest the airport, like the passengers who otherwise would earlier exit & re-enter the terminal and further wait for their onward flight will now be able to board without undergoing the process of re-entering the terminal building.

CSMIA is now the first airport in the country to create and begin operations from a dedicated domestic to domestic passenger and crew member transfer facility within T2

With domestic travel on the rise and summer travel booking seeing a surge, this dedicated space would benefit passengers to travel faster, smoother and more conveniently than ever before, officials claimed.

The international terminal at Mumbai airport has become much busier. Mumbai saw 109 international arrivals and departures on March 27th, the day the Indian government lifted the ban on scheduled international flights.

It operated nearly 238 commercial international flights the next day, the majority of which had been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

Mumbai saw 109 international arrivals and departures on March 27th

Mumbai has also resurfaced on the radar of many international carriers, who are either increasing frequency or resuming previously halted services. Emirates will reintroduce the A380 to the city, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 35. In fact, after London-Heathrow (42 weekly flights) and Male (38 weekly flights), Mumbai is Emirates’ third-largest international destination.

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LOT Polish is also set to return to Mumbai with a Dreamliner service, while Finnair’s eight destinations from its Helsinki base also feature the city.

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