On the occasion of National Tourism Day, GVK Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) celebrates the successful growth in global connectivity through Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). Besides witnessing a growth in passenger traffic of 48.8 million passengers in FY 18-19 from 25.9 million in FY07-08, the airport has also expanded its reach to 108 destinations in FY18-19 from 66 destinations in FY07-08.
The digital revolution brought about a transformation in the travel industry as it enabled the availability of information at one’s finger tips. Passengers nowadays are more knowledgeable about new destinations and the services and facilities available to them. This has led to the development of numerous trends such as an increase in corporate travel, bleisure travel, country coupling, solo travel, eco-tourism amongst others.
Catering to the ever-changing needs and preferences of its passengers, CSMIA connects and enhances travel and tourism to and from Mumbai as well as adjacent cities for business, MICE and leisure. On an average the airport has introduced two new international airlines every year since 2007 and has helped in playing a pivotal role in stimulating demand for international carriers like Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Iran Air, Korean Air, Kenya Airways, Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines to name a few.
Since FY18-19, the airport further expanded its reach to new destinations by introducing new airlines like Garuda Indonesia, Jazeera, Air Italy, RwandAir, Air Tanzania, Star Air, Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines and Uzbekistan Airways. From relaxing at the beautiful beaches of Bali, Phuket and Maldives, deep diving into the historic cities of Tashkent, enjoying your honeymoon in exotic Mauritius, shopping at port cities like Guangzhou and experiencing the rich array of wildlife and wilderness in Tanzania, passengers today have direct access to Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries as well as several Island nations from the Mumbai International Airport.
Maximising passenger delight, MIAL introduced the operation of various aircrafts as well like Air Mauritius’s new A330 Neo and A350 along with Singapore Airline’s new and refurbished A380R with premium first-class suites, among others. Acting as a key driver in the promotion of tourism and continuing to work in conjunction with airline operators, the airport plans to expand its connectivity in these regions to include at least seven International destinations, including Russia, China amongst others in the year ahead. A prominent gateway to the country, CSMIA offers world-class services and facilities to its passengers and leaves them with a memorable experience of their journey through the airport.