The Tamil Nadu Government will provide land to the Airports Authority of India for expansion of airports in Coimbatore,Madurai and Tuticorin.The government is considering the AAI’s request for land in Tiruchi and Salem to expand and modernise those airports.
Problems in land acquisition, financing issues and lack of clear guidelines to resolve stalemates are some of the hurdles that the government is facing in developing and modernising airports in 35 cities other than the four metros.While the modernisation programme of the Chennai and Kolkata airports is incomplete.
Cargo volume at Chennai airport has dipped for the first time in the last 10 years. In 2011-12, there was an 8.14 per cent dip in cargo volume to 3.57 lakh tonne compared to 3.88 lakh tonne the previous year.
The delay in completion of terminals at the Chennai airport has caused an additional expenditure of Rs 200 crore to AAI.The authority has constructed international and domestic terminals at the airport.
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation KC Venugopal has said that the new international terminal at Chennai airport is set to be launched within a month. With operations going full-fledged in the new domestic terminal, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is all set to commission the new international terminal within a month.
The Union Government is planning to hand over the management control of the new Kolkata and Chennai airports, built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), to global operators through a competitive bidding process.