Vice-President to open modernised Chennai airport on Jan 31

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 28, 2013 Published on January 28, 2013

The trial run of International Terminal at the Chennai Airport.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will inaugurate the modernised Chennai airport on January 31.

The Chennai airport modernisation is being undertaken by the Airports Authority of India.

Second airport

This will be the second airport after Kolkata that AAI has modernised and opened in the last few days.


After modernisation, the Chennai airport will have a handling capacity of 10 million domestic and four million international passengers.

Its overall handling capacity after completion will be 23 million, including the exiting capacity.

The Centre, in April 2007, decided to upgrade the Chennai airport to international standards.

The AAI had developed the master plan and design of the terminal through global architectural design competition.

An inter-Ministerial group had approved these plans, which focused on enhancing the runway capacity, apron capacity and the capacity of terminal buildings.

The project consists of construction of a new domestic terminal building, extension of the existing Anna international terminal and the secondary runway across the Adyar River.

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Published on January 28, 2013
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