It is fitting that the airport of the world's most populous metropolis has become South Asia's largest and busiest aviation hub, handling more than 25 million passengers a year. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has won numerous awards including 'Best Airport in India' but was also ranked by Forbes as the world's most delayed. Perhaps surprisingly, there are no shops in the arrival area, and the departure lounges are marginally better equipped for shopping and dining.
Formerly two airports, Sahar (international) Airport and Santa Cruz (domestic) Airport, the two airports were merged and renamed after the 17th-century Maratha Emperor. Today, the single Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 15 miles from the city center and pre-paid taxis are available to deliver guests to hotels. However, visitors in transit may prefer to stay in a hotel near the airport, many of which are within walking distance and offer excellent business facilities.