Chennai Airport, India, has appointed Singapore-based Meinhardt as a consultant to examine a proposal for the construction of a tunnel inside the airport.
Meinhardt is expected to provide suggestions and recommendations in approximately six months.
The tunnel will connect the satellite terminal located near the remote bays with an integrated terminal that is currently being constructed.
There will be two tunnels at the airport. One will be used for transporting passengers while the other will be used to move baggage from the integrated terminal to the satellite terminal.
The new integrated terminal is being built as a part of the airport’s second phase of modernisation work.
Phase II work also includes a range of other airside expansion projects.
An AAI official has been quoted by The Hindu as saying: “Soon after the consultant finishes the feasibility study, a new contractor will be appointed for building the tunnel and the satellite terminal.
“It will be quite a challenge to build it in a fully functional airport, but we can take it up in parts and finish the construction. For a start, the consultant will first do soil tests to identify the right location for the tunnel. The satellite terminal will be compact and a small one with basic facilities for passengers.”
The new tunnel and satellite terminal are expected to reduce the impact of growing traffic at the existing terminals.
The Government of Tamil Nadu state is yet to finalise a plan for a second airport.
Congestion at the new integrated terminal is expected to be eased by the satellite terminal before it reaches its capacity.