Chennai Airport's T3 terminal to be demolished for new construction

01 Sep 2023

Next month, the T3 terminal at Chennai Airport is scheduled for demolition to facilitate the on-going construction of the new integrated terminal, a vital component of the Rs 2,467 crore Phase 2 modernisation project.

Officials from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have revealed that the contracted team has initiated the process of dismantling the electrical equipment within the T3 building. "Our plan is to commence the demolition work on this structure next month, and it is expected to continue for duration of 2-3 months. By early next year, we anticipate commencing the subsequent construction phase to complete the new integrated terminal," stated an AAI official.

The phase 2 project was meticulously designed to unfold in stages across an expansive area of 2,20,972 square meters. Upon its projected completion in 2025, the international terminal will occupy the central position, flanked by two domestic terminals.

The initial segment of the new integrated terminal building, spanning 1,36,295 square meters, was inaugurated in April, and international flight operations transitioned to this terminal in July. The AAI had initiated preparations for the construction of the remaining portion of the new terminal building. While officials had initially indicated that T3 terminal demolition would commence by June, it is now underway.

Upon the full completion of the integrated terminal in the next two years, Chennai Airport's passenger capacity is set to soar to 35 million passengers annually, doubling from its current capacity of 17 million passengers.

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