CHENNAI: With the Airports Authority of India submitting a feasibility report for a second airport for Chennai, the state government has to take a decision on the issue as the terminals here receive more passengers and cargo, senior AAI officials said.
A feasibility report on a second airport for Chennai, near Sriperumbudur was submitted to the Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi by AAI's Chairman V P Agarwal on August 6, officials said.
"It was a technical study on the possibility of dual airport operation in Sriperumbudur. The rough area estimation of the second airport is 5,000 acres. Now, the state has to take a call on the issue and allot land accordingly," they said.
Expansion of the domestic terminal is expected to be over by this year end and the international terminal should be over by January next. "Though, the present expansion will help handle more travellers and cargo, it will reach its saturation by 2017 or 2018. So, we need another airport. By 2020, the second airport should be in operation," officials said.
Chennai airport handled 12 million air passengers and 2,95,500 tonnes of cargo in 2010-11 against 10.5 million passengers and 2,49,000 tonnes of cargo in 2009-10.
Sriperumbudur is an industrial town in Kancheepuram district.