In a significant milestone for Chennai International Airport, the eagerly awaited New Integrated Terminal Building (T2 terminal) has been officially opened to all international passengers, marking the successful completion of the phase II modernization project.
The state-of-the-art T2 terminal covers an impressive area of 1,36,295 square meters and commenced full operations on July 7. This modern facility now accommodates both outgoing and arriving flights that were previously handled separately at the T4 and T3 terminals, respectively.
Enhanced Connectivity with Leading Airlines
The New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) has attracted major airlines, solidifying Chennai’s position as a key aviation hub. Several prominent carriers have already commenced their operations from the new terminal, further boosting connectivity and facilitating travel for passengers:
- Singapore Airlines inaugurated its operations from the NITB on July 4.
- Gulf Air commenced international operations from the NITB on July 4.
- Emirates airline, based in Dubai, started its services from the new terminal on July 3.
- FlyDubai shifted all international operations to the NITB on July 3.
- Thai Airways moved all international services to the NITB on July 2.
- Myanmar Airways began its operations from the new terminal on July 1.
- AirAsia Berhad initiated international operations from the NITB on June 28.
- Thai AirAsia started its services from the NITB on June 28.
- Jazeera Airways shifted international operations to the NITB on June 28.
- Air India commenced international services from NITB on June 26.
- Air India Express initiated international operations from the new terminal on June 26.
- IndiGo started its services from the NITB on June 13.
- Alliance Air began its international flight operations from the new Chennai terminal on June 23.
Smooth Transition for Airlines
Reports indicate that all 26 airlines have successfully relocated their operations to the new integrated terminal building. Trials and preparations began in the final week of April this year, ensuring a seamless transition for both airlines and passengers.
Many retail shops have already made the move to the new terminal, with more businesses expected to open in the coming weeks. The construction of a permanent lounge is also underway to further enhance passenger comfort.
A Project of Grand Proportions
The grand project was executed at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 2,500 crore, with the primary goal of enhancing passenger experience and boosting the airport’s capacity to serve travelers. Aviation authorities have already opened one section of the terminal and promise swift construction of the remaining section to meet the ever-increasing demand.
A Vision of Growth and Culture
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the magnificent new terminal on April 8, underscoring the ambitious vision of increasing the airport’s passenger capacity from 23 million to an impressive 30 million annually.
In addition to improved capacity, the new terminal will showcase the richness of ancient Tamil culture, adding a touch of grandeur to the overall travel experience.
Seamless and Delightful Travel Experience
With the New Integrated Terminal Building now fully operational, Chennai airport is all set to provide a seamless and delightful travel experience for millions of international passengers. The modernization project has not only elevated the airport’s capabilities but also positioned Chennai as a prominent gateway connecting the world.
This milestone marks a turning point for the airport, opening new possibilities for growth, economic opportunities, and cultural exchange. Travelers can look forward to a world-class experience as they embark on their journeys through this impressive aviation hub.