Monday, November 21, 2016

Chennai to be upgraded as global airport: Jayant Sinha

Admitting that most airports in India face capacity issues, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said building an airport is a long-drawn process and in his view India needs to triple its airport capacity.

“In 10 years, we will see four airport hubs coming up in India. Delhi airport is single-largest infrastructure project. We will be adding another runway in Delhi,” he said and announced that the Centre is working towards upgrading Chennai as a global airport.

“Along with Chennai, we are looking at Bengaluru and Kolkata. Already there are about over 100 aircraft movements at the Chennai airport,” he said. The Minister said 14 crore people take flights compared to 13 crore people who travel in air-conditioned train coaches annually and the passenger growth in India averaged around 10 -11 per cent over the last 10 years.

“The fact is we have 75 airports with scheduled services. We plan to double it in the next two to three years to serve the largely untapped domestic aviation industry,” he said while speaking at an event organised by the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI).
21/11/16 Deccan Chronicle
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