Chennai Airport Needs Parallel Runway: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that Chennai airport is in need of a new modern parallel runway in order to witness growth in the aviation sector and that the Centre is willing to partner with the State government to ensure this development. Speaking to reporters at the airport here on Sunday, the Minister said there is a plan to connect the domestic and international terminals to meet the increasing demand of the passengers.

“This is essentially, an old cross runway (airport)… So, it has a limited capacity… It is not like a modern parallel runway airport, something like in Mumbai,” Mr Raju said.

The aviation sector, he said, was a Government of India subject, but land is a state government subject. “So, the Government of India and State government has to partner for expansion of the airport,” he said and in a lighter vein remarked, “So, without land, an aircraft cannot land, You cannot take off .” Read More…

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