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What is the departure part of Mumbai International airport like?

#1 Feb 19th, 2009, 17:24
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Is it comfortable and clean with cafes, restaurants and shops and a good place to relax for some hours before a flight, or should it be avoided until the last minute?

Does it at least have one cafe with good coffee?
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Originally Posted by Mell View Post Is it comfortable and clean with cafes, restaurants and shops and a good place to relax for some hours before a flight, or should it be avoided until the last minute?

Does it at least have one cafe with good coffee?
There is one cafe, sure; Good coffee ? I dunno
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Is does not have to be avoided at all. Maybe it is not as luxurious as what you are used to but it is absolutely fine.
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OK After Check-in

The whole airport is under re-construction and is a bit of a scrum at the moment. But once you get past the insane check-in queues, passport and security checks, the departure lounges are OK. You'll still find construction there but cafes, bars, a coffee bar and shops are all available and certainly OK. I agree with the post that says it might not be what you are used to in Germany, but it's OK.
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Departure lounges were very Germany to me actually! Maybe I spend too much time in India? I like Mumbai International Airport. Its renovated and renovated well.

Apart from all kinds of drinks and foods there is not much shopping to do: some souvenirs, and two stands with books and magazines. But it's okay.
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Mumbai airport renovation has been a success. the departure terminal (depending upon your gate) will have very clean, well lit and modern facilities or the slightly older (6-7 years) facilities which stood out for me for its reclining and comfortable chairs...you could stretch it out and sleep on it) and the whole terminal was full of it.

eateries are also varied and decent quality. Price wise....is there any airport in the world with sensible prices??
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The departure lounges are fairly comfortable and a work in progress; I am surprised no one mentioned blood thirsty mosquitoes waiting to get at you.
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Haven't seen any mosquitos...May depend on the time of year you arrive/depart?
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It's not luxurious but it's comfortable enough. You can get a coffee or alcohol come to that) and there's a choice of places to eat. Not much by way of shopping - I wouldn't bank on picking up much by way of last minute souvenirs there - but a lot more relaxing than Heathrow!
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Inside is great, just look out for the scams outside

Not unexpectedly, as your car pulls up to the terminal building and the crowded entrance (only ticketed passengers allowed inside the building), a person is immidiately in your face to "help Sir with his bags". As you move forward in the line up to the security check, the helpful baggage man turns to you and says "please pay this man the 1000 rupee departure fee" pointing to another individual looking very official and with his hand out. Of course there is no departure fee, and it can get ugly with your bags being hauled away if you refuse to pay and are not prepared to make a scene by pulling them off the cart and hauling them through security yourself. Oh well, everyone is trying to make a buck (or 1000 rupees in this case).

Have a great trip.

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Thanks for the replies.

Looks like that airport has improved since I was there 10 years ago. There really was nothing there I could see then, except a huge heaving crowd trying to get in or out.

Thanks for the scam warnings. I will be careful to not hand money to anyone who is not behind a desk.

Mosquitos: Thanks for that warning too. I will make sure to smear on some of my heavy duty DEET stuff even for the last few hours in the airport.
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That mosuito stuff is not as bad as it is made out to be. the entire airport is centrally air conditioned and mosquitoes dont like AC. so there may be a few errant ones but not really a problem.
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Originally Posted by tictacpc View Post Not unexpectedly, as your car pulls up to the terminal building and the crowded entrance (only ticketed passengers allowed inside the building), a person is immidiately in your face to "help Sir with his bags". As you move forward in the line up to the security check, the helpful baggage man turns to you and says "please pay this man the 1000 rupee departure fee" pointing to another individual looking very official and with his hand out. Of course there is no departure fee, and it can get ugly with your bags being hauled away if you refuse to pay and are not prepared to make a scene by pulling them off the cart and hauling them through security yourself. Oh well, everyone is trying to make a buck (or 1000 rupees in this case).
I don't recommend fighting with the curbside "helpful baggage men" who will grab you a cart and pile on your bags before you even realize what is happening, just be sure not to pay them royally for their services. More often than not they will walk you 20 feet to the entrance and then expect a large bill each (they usually work in pairs) in return. Give 'em 10 rupees, take your cart, and tell them to get lost when they protest.

On the otherhand, it sometimes pays to fight with the airport staff inside the terminal, or you may find yourself being herded every which way for no reason at all. Play the frustrated tourist card when needed, and you are bound to get some service sooner or later!
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I think mumbai airport is clean, good food inside well for me was good 4 times last year.Never had problem with porter because i pull my bag myself for 2 min to find trolley.
One good thing in depature Lounge is you can properly sit or sleep on long cushion seats. I have not seen that good seats in any airports where i have been so thats big plus for mumbai airport.
Well for work you can not help but still clean once you inside.
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Glad to hear that we were not the only ones to encounter a luggage "assistance" duo. Unluckily for them we had spent our every last rupee but they did not believe it and kept hanging around us as we checked in and trying to make a scene. Eventually they gave up and left, sulking. Last year Mumbai airport was in the middle of renovations but it was clean-ish and I managed to fall asleep quite comfortably in a chair while awaiting our flight that left in the middle of the night. Actually, thinking back on it, at 3 a.m. most people seemed to be dozing on the benches rather than flying anywhere!

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