Friday, November 10, 2017

Delay in opening airport arrival terminal questioned

Chennai: The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) raised questions on the delay in the opening of the new international arrival terminal at Chennai airport during an inspection on Thursday.
Though the new steel and glass domestic and international terminals were commissoned in 2013, the airport has not been able to open the new international arrival terminal which is on the ground floor of the new international terminal building opened as part of the airport expansion four years ago.
Sources said that the officials, who reviewed the Chennai airport for commercial potential, raised questions on the non-operational arrival lounge of the steel and glass terminal.
Though the airport's terminals were expanded at a cost of 2,000 crore, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has not been able to open the international arrival hall of the new building as it does not have space for proper handling of baggage and flights that arrive from abroad.
Even though new terminal buildings were commissioned, airlines raised objection to using the arrival hall of the new building because there is no space for handling baggage of wide-body planes that arrive at Chennai airport.
10/11/17 Times of India

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