Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, is opening a new terminal to lower waiting times and increase passenger handling capacity.

The new Terminal 2 has a capacity to handle 40 million passengers annually, compared to the current 30 million passengers handled by the airport.

Spread over an area of 439,000m², the terminal has been built with an investment of INR123.8bn ($1.98bn) over a period of five years.

"Once the new terminal is fully operational it will cater to domestic operations."

While the existing airport has 80 immigration counters, the new terminal has 140 counters.

The T2 features new apron areas, taxiways, waterfalls, gardens, open spaces, high ceilings and a multi-level parking facility that can accommodate more than 5,200 cars.

The terminal has been built with one million square feet of glass, and features a second layer of glass to lower noise.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport currently has two terminals. The domestic operations are carried out at the Santa Cruz terminal on the south side, while international operations happen at Sahar to the north.

Once the new terminal is fully operational next year, it will cater to domestic operations, and the existing Santa Cruz terminal will be demolished.

Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) consortium of GVK Industries, Airports Company South Africa and Bidvest, was appointed in February 2006 to carry out the modernisation.

The project was originally slated to be completed by the end of 2013, but circumstances have delayed the project by a year.