With the availability 160 hectares area of land, Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) will soon get a state-of art Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility.
This would be the second MRO hub in India after the first hub was developed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad in 2012. City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), which is the nodal agency for the proposed airport, has planned for an MRO facility as a value addition for the proposed international airport.
Around 10 to 20 hectares have been marked at NMIA for constructing an MRO unit. Soma Vijay Kumar, Chief General Manager, Transport and Airport, CIDCO said, “We have sufficient area for constructing an MRO unit, unlike Mumbai International Airport. It has been planned by CIDCO as a competitive model.”
The MRO facility, which needs proper marketing and incentives, will be looked after by private entity once the selection of concessionaire on PPP (public private partnership) basis would be finalised by December 2016.
“We have more flying aircrafts which is a basic airline requirement for developing an MRO unit. Also we have a huge area of 160 hectare for developing the same,” added Vijay Kumar.
Since NMIA is located close to the Mumbai International Airport, it completes its feasibility for developing an MRO unit. “Every day, there are over 900 landings and take offs at Mumbai International Airport. Hence, developing an MRO hub at NMIA is 100% feasible.”
Also, NMIA has huge catchment area in Navi Mumbai and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) which will increase the air traffic.
“NMIA would compete in regards with air traffic with the Mumbai International Airport,” added Vijay Kumar.
Once the private players construct the MRO facility at the airport, they would further bring aerospace engineers at the MRO hub.
NMIA in a nutshell
l NMIA will have the capacity to accommodate up to 80 million passengers per annum
l The airport will have 120 dedicated slots for parking, compared to 90 at MIAL
l NMIA will accommodate A 380, the largest aircraft as on today, and will be compatible with International Civil Aviation Organisation Aerodrome Code 4F