Chennai May Get Its Second Airport By 2035
The Centre is in talks with the Tamil Nadu government to build a second airport in Chennai required by 2030-2035, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra has said. Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey and AAI officials have held two meeting with the Tamil Nadu government in the past three months to discuss the matter.
"Eighteen months back, we were handling 28 movements per hour (at Chennai), and after making improvements in our air navigation system, we hope to reach 40. With this, we expect we will be managing Chennai till 2030 or 2035. But, a city like Chennai will definitely require a second airport thereafter," Mohapatra told reporters.
According to a study carried out by aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), Chennai handled 18.4 million passengers in 2016, and is expected to reach its maximum capacity of 23-26 by 2020, if traffic grows at an estimated rate of 12.5 per cent. The CAPA adds that while there are plans to expand capacity to 30 million passengers per year at the existing airport, airside constraints could pose a big challenge. The think-tank estimates an expenditure of $500 million for a second airport in Chennai.
Mohapatra has said that a decision will be taken later on whether the second airport will be developed on a public-private-partnership model or whether it will be developed by the AAI.
Another city that will need a second airport is Kolkata and the West Bengal government has suggested the Durgapur airport as an option. Mohapatra,however, added that Durgapur is at a fair distance from Kolkata, and many airlines have not shown interest in the airport so far. Based on that, the Centre has asked the state to explore another location. The Centre is also exploring the land-pool model of infrastructure development as an alternative to land acquisition.
With inputs from Housing News