May 2: Union Cabinet has approved the expansion and upgradation of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati and Lucknow airports at a cost of Rs 2467 cr Rs 1383 cr and Rs 1232 cr respectively.
Lucknow Airport: Construction of New Integrated Terminal will have an area of 88,000 sqm along with the existing terminal building with 16292 sqm and will have annual capacity to handle 2.6 million international and 11 million domestic passenger traffic. The new terminal building would cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year 2030-31.
Chennai Airport: Total built up area of the proposed terminal building, including the present proposal measuring 197000 sqm shall be 336000 sqm with an annual capacity to handle 35 mppa. The new terminal building incorporates green building features with an aim to achieve GRIHA-4 Star rating. The building would cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year 2026-27.
Guwahati Airport: The New Terminal Building shall have an area of 102500 sqm to handle combined annual capacity (old and new terminals) of 9 mppa. The building would cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year 2026-27. This will encourage investment & tourism in NER with thrust on ‘Act East’ Policy.
The National Civil Aviation Policy aims to provide robust air connectivity throughout the length and breadth of the country. Regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) and the new initiative NABH Nirman (NextGen Airports for Bharat) are aimed at providing enhanced airport capacity to handle 1 billion trips in the next 10 to 15 years.
The country has witnessed phenomenal growth rate in the range of 18 to 20 percent in the last 3 years. According to IATA Traffic Study, India, at 7th position as of now, is likely to take 3rd position by 2023-24 by overtaking UK, Japan, Spain & Germany. The current rate of the growth in domestic aviation sector of India is the highest globally.