No plans to link Mumbai airport to nearby airfield: operator

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The operator of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is not planning to link the airport to the nearby Juhu airfield.

In a recent media interview, India's civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said that the country is considering to build a taxiway bridge that would link the two airfields.

The taxiway would allow smaller aircraft to land and take off from Juhu and subsequently, taxi to CSIA, potentially helping to alleviate chronic congestion at CSIA.

Built in 1928 and adjacent to CSIA, Juhu airport mainly serves helicopter charters operated on behalf of state-owned and private oil companies.

A spokesman for CSIA told Flightglobal Pro, however, that CSIA has no plans to construct the taxiway bridge to Juhu.

CSIA has recorded major growth in aircraft movements over the last 10 years as the country's airline market has grown since it was liberalised. That has resulted in major congestion at the airport, and the introduction of a slot allocation system.

India is also planning to build a new airport at Navi Mumbai, but this has been delayed by problems acquiring land at the preferred site.

Indian infrastructure group GVK owns a major stake in CSIA, while Juhu is operated by the state-owned Airports Authority of India.