Tuesday, December 14, 2021

AAI mulls building new air traffic control complex at Chennai airport

Chennai: In an attempt to manage the space at the Chennai Airport in an efficient manner, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials are planning to construct a new air traffic control (ATC) complex. With this, the existing complex can be used to build more parking bays for planes at the airport. The increase in the passenger capacity at the airport has prompted the AAI officials to augment the aircraft handling capacity and this move is a part of this project.

According to a report published in the Times of India (TOI), the integrated terminal is expected to open next year in place of the old international arrival terminal. It will equip the airport to handle at least 30-35 million passengers per year.

An AAI official was quoted by TOI as saying that a new location will be identified and the plan to build a new ATC complex is underway.

Asked about the location, the official said that a portion of the residential colony may be removed to clear up the space which can be used to build the new ATC. He also informed that the officials are mulling to relocate the fuel station to a location near to the second runaway where a bigger fuel farm can come up.

The report further revealed that at least three to four parking bays can be constructed when the land is freed up. The space can be used to accommodate small and widebody planes of different sizes to manage the space.

14/12/21 India Today

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