Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tamil Nadu, Centre should partner for Chennai airport expansion, says Civil Aviation Minister

Chennai:  Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said the Chennai airport needs a modern parallel runway to cater to the growing passenger traffic and, the Centre and state government would have to partner for this cause.

The civil aviation minister said there was a plan to connect the domestic and international terminals at the airport here to meet the rising passenger demand.

"This is essentially an old cross runway (airport)...

So, it has a limited capacity... It is not like a modern parallel runway airport, something like Mumbai," Raju told reporters at the airport here.

"Ultimately, if Chennai has to see a growth in the aviation sector, it would require a new modern parallel runway airport," he said.

Noting that aviation, as a sector was a Government of India subject and land, is a state government subject, Raju said, "The Government of India and State government has to partner (for expansion of the city airport)."
15/10/17 PTI/New Indian Express

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