The New Indian Express - C Shivakumar
This comes after AAI sought 306 acres to build additional terminals
Airport Authority of India (AAI) and TN Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) will conduct a joint survey of six land parcels for further expansion of Chennai Airport, to meet the demand of 55 million passengers per annum (MPPA), according to Chennai Airport Director Dr Sharad Kumar.
This comes after the AAI has requested the Tamil Nadu government to acquire 306 acres of land to build an International terminal and cargo terminal on the other side of Adyar River. It is learnt a meeting was held with TIDCO officials recently to discuss the availability of land for the airport expansion.
The AAI has written a letter to the TN government to acquire the land parcels. RITES and Alexandra Richter ARC Consulting are conducting a feasibility study, which is likely to be completed in the next six months. This comes as the second phase of modernisation of the airport is likely to be completed by December 2024. This will enhance the capacity to 35 million passengers. The airport now caters to 22 million.