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Mumbai’s second International airport scheduled to come up at Navi Mumbai has been in the news for a while now. The Civil Aviation Minister had recently announced that the Navi Mumbai airport will be functional in around 5 years. Finally, there seems to be some progress in the execution of the airport’s construction plans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the airport on Sunday, February 18, 2018. He also inaugurated the India’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, which has been constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore. The airport itself is a significantly expensive project costing Rs 16,000 crore. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out at High-Rise in Navi Mumbai, Firefighting Operation Currently Underway

Mumbai airport broke its own record recently when it handled 980 flights in 24 hours. It is the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Less space and infrastructure constraints are challenges faced by the airport, despite which it has been servicing massive number of passengers on a daily basis. However, it is high time the airport gets some help. The new airport at Navi Mumbai will help reduce congestion at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport that is located in the western suburbs. ALSO SEE This Ambitious Project Plan for Mumbai’s Coastal Road Will Leave You Delirious! WATCH VIDEO Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'

Other major cities like London have multiple international airports. Heathrow aiport has two simultaneously operational runways, as compared to Mumbai which has just one airport and a single runway. The runway infrastructure for flights arriving in Mumbai is basically a combination of cross runways – one main and another small – with only one of the two operational at a time. If due to some emergency, the main runway has to be shut down, it would pose a huge problem for flight operations. Mumbai airport’s original capacity is 40 million passengers a year but it was crossed in 2017 when the airport serviced a staggering 45 million passengers.