Monday, February 11, 2019

PM flags off expansion work of Chennai airport terminal

Chennai: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has allotted more than 25% of its Rs 20,000 crore budget for the expansion of airports in Tamil Nadu, a big share of which has been sanctioned for the phase two modernization of the Chennai airport. The project costing Rs 2,467 crore was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conference from Tirupur on Sunday. He also inaugurated the construction of a new terminal at Trichy airport.
In Chennai, an integrated terminal is being built between the existing domestic and international terminals, which will augment the peak hour capacity of the airport to 6,900 passengers. A multi-level parking space which can accommodate 2,000 cars on either side of the airport metro station cars is also part of the project.

A senior official said that AAI had invested more than Rs 3,000 crore for developing airports in the state, including those at Chennai, Trichy and Tuticorin. Land has been handed over to Trichy and Tuticorin for the work to be carried out.

The proposed expansion of Tuticorin airport will ensure that A320 narrow-body planes could be operated. The airport, which is being promoted by airlines as a crucial regional connection, can currently handle only 70-seater ATR or Bombardier planes.

The AAI has set the target of 42 months to complete the construction of the integrated terminal in Chennai, the work for which has already started. The new terminal will have state-of-the-art facilities and is expected to manage 5,200 international and 1,700 domestic passengers during peak hours. The terminal will have 140 check-in counters, 108 immigration counters, 22 customs counters, seven baggage conveyors for departure and 10 baggage conveyor belts in the arrival section.

11/02/19 Times of India

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