London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been appointed by GVK, the operator of Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport, as the architect of the new Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) in India.
In 2017, GVK established a joint venture with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of the State of Maharashtra to build the new airport.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who laid the foundation stone for the new airport, said: “The aviation sector worldwide is moving very fast… we cannot afford to lag. For 70 years, there was no aviation policy in India, which we have now implemented to provide all-round connectivity.”
NMIA will have a total planned capacity of more than 60 million passengers per year.
The new airport will be built in Navi Mumbai, across Mumbai Harbour, and connected to the city by the planned Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and rail links with the local and national networks.
NMIA is a long-awaited addition to Mumbai and Maharashtra’s transport infrastructure and essential for sustaining the region’s continued growth.
ZHA project director Cristiano Ceccato said: “We are very proud to have been awarded the Navi Mumbai International Airport that will be a much-needed addition to Mumbai’s infrastructure and an additional gateway to India.
“Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future, while celebrating its present and honouring its past.”
ZHA will be responsible for the long-term design and execution of NMIA’s Terminal 1, Air Traffic Control Tower and associated landside access.
ZHA CEO Mouzhan Majidi said: “Navi Mumbai International Airport is a transformative and unique project and we look forward to our partnership with GVK, working together to develop NMIA into one of the most sustainable passenger-centric airports in the world, and the opportunity to contribute to India’s continued growth and success.”
India’s airlines currently operate almost 450 passenger planes, with 900 additional aircraft ordered for delivery in the coming years.