Chennai’s Second International Airport
Posted by Katie Nathan
Chennai may soon have a second airport. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed a greenfield airport at Sriperumbudur thatwould accommodate 5 million passengers a year.
With the Airports Authority of India planning to develop a second airport in Sriperumbudur, to be operated along with the one in Meenambakkam, Chennai may become the first in the country to have two international airports as work on the second airport in Goa and Mumbai may be delayed.
Kancheepuram district collector Hanish Chhabra said: “Land acquisition is on for several projects, including the airport.”
“Chennai will be the first city in the country to have two international airports,” AAI chairman V.P. Agrawal said.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to develop the new airport gradually so that it can be operated along with the existing airport at Meenambakkam. Chennai may become the first in the country to have two international airports as work on the second airports in Goa and Mumbai may be delayed.
“AAI will do limited work. The integrated terminal will have a capacity to handle five million passengers. It will cater to spillover traffic from the existing airport. We have suggested a joint venture with the state government to operate the airport. AAI will dilute its holding after seven to eight years,” Agrawal said on Tuesday after reviewing expansion works at the Chennai airport.
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