Zaha Hadid Architects won a competition to design the new Navi Mumbai International Airport in India, a long-awaited project in response to Mumbai's fast-growing transportation infrastructure and the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport, which is reaching its capacity. As part of their commission, ZHA will oversee the overall long-term design and execusion of NMIA's Terminal 1, Air Traffic Control Tower, and associated landside access.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new airport during a ceremony on February 18, 2018. “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 we have now implemented to provide all-round connectivity,” Modi said at the ceremony.
Located in Navi Mumbai across Mumbai Harbor, the new airport will connect to the planned Mumbai Trans Harbour Link as well as local and national rail link networks. According to ZHA, NMIA is expected to accommodate over 60 million passengers every year. No design renderings have been unveiled just yet.
“Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future, while celebrating its present and honoring its past,” said ZHA Project Director Cristiano Ceccato.
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