Santa Cruz Airport Bombay, 1949 Postcard

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An old 1950 photo postcard of Santa Cruz Airport in Bombay, now Mumbai. Many may not be aware that Mumbai’s first civilian airport was the Santa Cruz airport. It was once famous in Mumbai. Established in the British India era of 1942 as an RAF military airfield. After India gaining independence, the government converted this military airfield of 2900 acres to a civilian airport.

By the 1980s after a major expansion a new international terminal was built- Sahar International Airport. Santa Cruz Airport handled the domestic flights terminal. And the Sahar airport became the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for international flights from the 1990s.

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Did you know– since Bombay was once owned by the Portuguese the name Santa Cruz means the Holy Cross. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover 1971.,  Steam Tram of Calcutta – Rare Postcard 1900., British India Polo Player Captain Malone – Old Photo 1890., Tellicherry On The Malabar Coast – Old Print 1922.