CHENNAI: After getting the approval to expand the Chennai International Airport, The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is gearing up to apply to the public investment board for permission to tear own the old international terminal.
AAI is planning to demolish old terminals and expand the airport to increase passenger capacity to 30 million per year, reports The Times of India.
As a portion of the international terminal building is less than 15 years old, AAI needs permission from public investment board. The process will begin soon, says AAI officials.
AAI has already started the paperwork to get approval from different bodies to demolish the building and prepare the land for fresh construction. The move is necessary because the old terminals do not have enough space and their design does not sync with the new steel and glass terminals which were built as part of airport expansion in 2013.
The airport was shifted to Meenambakkam after a domestic terminal was commissioned in 1985.
The international terminal was built in 1989. However, AAI opened an international departure building in 2003.
“While the domestic terminal is old, the international departure terminal, which is not in use after the operations were moved to the steel and glass building, has more life. This requires permission for demolition,” said an official.