Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chennai airport to get terminal 3, tunnel to ferry people

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to build a satellite terminal away from the main buildings at the Chennai airport anticipating future demand. The move, which is under consideration, is meant to create additional capacity to handle passengers within the available space without acquiring land.
The plan, mooted as a standby expansion arrangement for future, has received the first nod from the ministry of environment. The ministry had asked AAI to do an environment impact assessment (EIA) so that a feasibility study could be taken up later.
The third terminal is likely to be built in the space between the main and the second runways so that the remote parking bays where planes are now being parked can be used efficiently . A tunnel will connect the satellite terminal with the main building of the airport and passengers who walk in to the airport will be driven to the new terminal in shuttle buses for check-in and security checks.
Airport director Deepak Shastri said, "The new building will be between the runways in the space that is to the west of the new fire station. We do not have to acquire land. This is like thinking aloud. The final location of the building will be decided after a feasibility study ."
13/10/16 V Ayyappan/Times of India
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