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Mumbai Airport was Named CAPA Asia Pacific Airport of the Year

NewsVoir | 24 Nov, 2015
Mumbai Airport was named CAPA Asia Pacific Airport of the Year. This award is given to the airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.

Mumbai Airport CEO Rajeev Jain accepted the award from CAPA Executive Director Peter Harbison.

Mumbai was selected for the innovative development of T2, which has enabled Mumbai to emerge as one of the leading airports in Asia.

“The construction of T2 was an incredibly complex infrastructure project which required a massive new terminal to be constructed on a very constrained land bank on the site of an existing busy and fast growing airport. Despite these challenges, the operator has successfully delivered an iconic terminal that is architecturally and aesthetically spectacular and which has transformed the passenger experience,” Mr Harbison said.

CAPA also noted that airlines have benefited from the airport's very committed focus on improving airside efficiency. Over the last five years Mumbai Airport has managed to increase runway capacity from just over 30 movements per hour, to 45 movements per hour, peaking at just over 51. That places the airport amongst the best in class globally for a single runway operation. The innovative approach to runway management has created new slots and improved on-time performance. (Mumbai has two cross runways but it finds it more efficient to use just one of them.)

The airport has been modernised over the last several years by a consortium led by GFK. Modernising and expanding an airport in the heart of a city provided a mammoth challenge but the project was completed at one of the lowest unit costs among all recent airport projects. The design for T2 set a new benchmark in the industry as it conceptualise for the first time a four-level vertically integrated design.

Mumbai Airport opened the first stage of its domestic pier in early 2015, with more airlines progressively moving in over time. This enables passengers to connect between domestic and international services under one roof, in place of the very inefficient and lengthy process of transferring between the distant domestic and international terminals. This should further enhance Mumbai's hub potential.

About the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence

Now in its thirteenth year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up.

Initially limited to Asia Pacific and the Middle East, CAPA expanded the awards in 2012 to include all regions. This year the Aviation Awards for Excellence were presented at two gala dinners, one for the global industry on 7-Oct-2015 and one for Asia Pacific including the Middle East on 23-Nov-2015.

Award candidates were independently researched and short-listed by a team of analysts at CAPA - Centre for Aviation and by partners at Heidrick & Struggles. Winners were then selected by two independent and separate panels of judges, one panel for the global awards and one panel for the Asia Pacific awards.

The judges for the 2015 Asia Pacific awards included: Guy Farrow, Peter Harbison, Andrew Herdman, Azran-Osman Rani, Emirsyah Satar and Andy Stephen.

Established in 1990, CAPA – Centre for Aviation is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services, and high level strategy events covering worldwide developments. Heidrick & Struggles is a premier professional services firm providing executive search, culture shaping and leadership consulting services. It has a specialist aviation team which works with airline, airport and the broader aviation industry, clients across the globe.

For more information on the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence and CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence, including media queries, please contact Brendan Sobie, CAPA Chief Analyst and Aviation Awards for Excellence Co-moderator, at

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