If the Mumbai airport’s T2 terminal design took inspiration from the peacock, it’s now the lotus flower that is going to guide the shape of upcoming international airport at Navi Mumbai. According to GVK lotus symbolises purity and elegance and the design of new airport will take its inspiration from the lotus. The futuristic design of NMIA blends modernity with Indian ethos, art and culture in a poetic and fluid architectural language. The Design has been done by globally acclaimed architectural firm Zaha Hadid, who also designed the Beijing Daxing International Airport.
The master plan of the Navi Mumbai International Airport aims to serve 90 million passengers per annum ultimately.
The NMIA is planned with dual entrances from the west as well as from the east. The NMIA is planned to be implemented in four phases with two parallel runways capable of simultaneous operations with high-speed expressway suburban rail metro and water transport connectivity. NMIA will be serving both domestic and international traffic and equipped with next-gen technology.
The central terminal complex is connected by 9+9 lanes planned along a landscaped main airport access road. The western and northern part of the airport is planned for passenger-related facilities and supporting airport uses. In contrast, the eastern part of NMIA is planned for cargo, MRO and general aviation, thus segregating vehicular traffic between the two entrances.
The passenger terminal will welcome travellers with flowing forms of its grand entrance and an exciting start to their journey. It is designed with simplicity in mind and organised on two floors. With very few level changes, this creates a compact terminal with minimised walking distances through intuitive wayfinding piers of departure gates are highly efficient. Designed without the need for vertical transport systems as one departs through the terminal, the lotus petals slowly reveal themselves and capture the discerning travellers.
Incoming travellers are welcome to an equally simple and intuitive arrivals experience and are processed in a pleasant and stress-free environment. Passengers are smoothly guided from their gate to the terminal forecourt on arrival.