Thursday, August 17, 2017

First look of terminal that will double Chennai airport capacity

Chennai: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has tentatively approved a design to build an integrated terminal, after demolishing the old unused domestic terminal and the present international arrival building at Chennai airport. Estimated to cost around `2,000 crore, the new expanded terminal will be able to accommodate around 11,500 passengers at a time, nearly double the capacity of the present facility.

The glass and steel structure will have an extended canopy covering the entire flyover that runs in front of the terminals. This feature was included after study of new buildings that are being used now. Though the new domestic and international departure levels have a large canopy, it does not protect alighting passengers from rainwater and smaller awnings had to be installed later. A tender will be floated by end of the year for construction. "One of the three designs suggested has been approved. The integrated terminal will be based on it," said airport director G Chandramouli.
Sources said the terminal would be built in a phased manner without disturbing the existing traffic and passenger flow. The old abandoned domestic terminal will be demolished first and rebuilt. Following this, the international arrival wing would be pulled down before moving the operations to the new international arrival, which is yet to be opened. AAI is working to open the new international arrival hall, located on the ground floor of the present domestic terminal building. Its inauguration was stalled because it does not have space to handle the baggage for wide-body international flights. "There is only one ramp to handle the bags," said an official.
17/08/17 V Ayyappan/Times of India