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Welcome to Mumbai. I have arrived in this incredible city of an estimated thirteen million – more than triple the population of my native New Zealand. It is rainy season here and the roads, always jammed, are worse than ever thanks to the pools of water everywhere.
This fervent city is the home of India’s commercial and entertainment sectors but has long suffered from a dilapidated and crumbling airport. All that is changing, thanks to a remarkably complex and ambitious modernisation being driven by the GVK consortium.
I’m here to talk to the airport company about its plans for the airport and the commercial offer. It’s a fascinating story and one that – thanks to the recent court case between Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) and duty free retailer Flemingo – has been touched with its fair share of controversy.
DFS Group [pictured below] opened recently here and they’ve had their hands full to say the least with logisitical issues. But the shop is taking shape and better days are coming. We’ll talk to MIAL management and take a closer look at the DFS store in future Blogs.
And while we’re in Mumbai we’ll meet the remarkable co-owner of Flemingo, Atul Ahuja.