Mumbaikars and outsiders alike said hello to the sparkling Rs 5,200-crore T2 international terminal on Wednesday. Air India’s flight from Singapore via Chennai was the first to arrive—albeit 15 minutes late. The first departure, a Jet Airways flight to London, was on time. Even as MIAL handed out sweets to passengers, a small drama played out on the sidelines.
True to convention, the government-owned Air India’s Singapore-Mumbai flight was given bragging rights for being the first to use the arrivals facility. But as the flight failed to reach Mumbai at its scheduled time of 1pm, there was talk of an Emirates flight from Dubai touching down first. Incidentally, the Dubai-based carrier operates the largest number of international flights out of India.