Chennai’s New Terminals Ready for Take-off by Mid-January

After a rather long delay and and equally long wait, the new terminals of Chennai airport are all set to be thrown open to the public by mid-January said a news report. According to reliable sources, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has sought a date of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to formally inaugurate the terminals.

The report also claimed that a senior AAI Official stated that “the date is more or less finalized. We need to get a final word from the Prime Minister’s Office. The inauguration is scheduled to be held either on January 12 or 15.” However, Chennai airport authorities or airlines are yet to get any notification about the plan to open the terminals. But sources in Delhi said the date for the opening ceremony was being finalised.

It may not be of much help to passengers immediately because the buildings do not have food and beverage counters, lounges or other amenities needed for using it. AAI has speeded up the process to set up the amenities. Tenders to attract as many top brands as possible have been floated and will be finalized by end of next month.

“It will take around two months for the firm that bags the tender to install the facilities inside the terminals. The inauguration has been fixed as the building is ready. The rest of the facilities will be installed in due course so that passengers will be able to use the building,” said an official.

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