Mumbai is getting a new airport in Navi Mumbai, which is right next to the current one called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. This new airport is being built because more and more people are living in and around Mumbai, and they need better ways to fly in and out. Having two airports will help Mumbai become even more important in the world and help its economy grow. The new airport should be ready by 2024.
The Navi Mumbai International Airport project is happening in several stages. The first runway is expected to start operating by the end of 2024, and the whole project should be finished by 2032. In the initial phase, the airport will be able to handle about 20 million passengers each year. Once the entire project is done, it will have the capacity to serve 90 million passengers annually. This new airport is being developed to ease the overcrowding at Mumbai's current airport, which currently caters to nearly 50 million passengers each year.
Mumbai's primary airport is a hub for three of India's largest airlines by passenger numbers: indigo, Air India, and spicejet. The airport offers domestic flights across India and international flights to destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. It is currently unknown which airlines and destinations will receive Navi Mumbai International Airport service.