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AAI receives in-principle approval for Rs3,800-crore Kolkata, Chennai airports upgrade programme news
10 April 2008

New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India has said that the upgrade programme of the Kolkata and Chennai airports will cost Rs3,800 crore, and would be complete by 2010-11.

"AAI would spend Rs2,000 crore to modernise the Kolkata airport and Rs1,800 crore for the Chennai airport. The modernisation process has to be completed by 2010-11," AAI chairman, K Ramalingam, said Thursday. He was speaking at the inauguration of 'Aerodrome India 2008.'

According to Ramalingam, an in-principle approval for the modernisation of the two airports has been received by the AAI, which would be the sole agency to execute the plan.

Ramalingam said the Kolkata airport would receive a new runway, which would be constructed along the existing one. An additional runway would also be built at Chennai, even as the existing cross runway is operationalised.

A new runway would also be commissioned at the Delhi airport by September this year. "A third runway would be commissioned by September along the two existing ones at the Delhi airport," he said.

Ramalingam said there was a need to build aviation infrastructure at faster rate in order to manage traffic. Building capacity at various airports were a part of that process.

He also said that efforts were being made to enhance non-traffic revenue which would help upgrade airport infrastructure. 


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AAI receives in-principle approval for Rs3,800-crore Kolkata, Chennai airports upgrade programme