Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chennai airport will reach saturation by FY21

Chennai: Chennai airport, with a current capacity of 20 million passengers per year, will reach saturation point in FY21 and Tiruchy and Madurai airports would join the airports of Jammu, Pune, Kozhikode, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram in reaching saturation by this fiscal itself.

Perhaps, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was right when, while on a visit to Chennai on Sunday, he reminded the authorities that Chennai airport is in dire need for expansion to meet the growing requirement of passengers.

“Parking bays and runway slots will become increasingly scarce over the next few years, especially at metro airports. Signs of congestion are already emerging in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi and the situation will become more acute unless airports are able to construct 400 parking bays and enhance airside capacity within five years. Otherwise airlines will face challenges in implementing their base and network plans,” said a report by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), a Sydney-based aviation think-tank.
17/10/17 JV Siva Prasanna Kumar/Deccan Chronicle
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