Friday, June 09, 2017

Airports Authority of India asks Tamil Nadu to acquire 200 acres for new facilities

Chennai: With plans for the second airport unlikely to take off in the near future, Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants to upgrade the Chennai airport, which is fast reaching a saturation point, at the earliest. AAI has asked the state government to provide 200 acres of land to install lights for the second runway, build a hangar and new taxiways.
"We have asked the state government to acquire the land and they are confident of it. The request was made when a delegation of officials led by aviation secretary met the transport minister and chief secretary to sign an MoU for regional connectivity scheme and to discuss about the need for a second airport in Chennai," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said adding that terminal expansion at the Chennai airport will be carried out this year. "We are planning to demolish the old buildings between the new ones and construct terminals by the end of the year. The work will start by September and will be completed in three years," said Mohapatra. This will increase the passenger handling capacity to 35 million per year, he said.
09/06/17 Times of India