We have been helping Chennai Airport officials plan better access to the airport and parking facilities. Initially parking structures were part of the airport terminal construction. But due to austerity measures AAI decided not to construct the parking facility. We advised them to explore other mechanism to ensure there is adequate parking when the new terminals are ready.
Simple calculate, for those of you who are curious about this – IATA norms are 300 parking slots for every one million passengers per annum (mpa). Initially during the boom time AAI estimated that there would be about 23 mpa in a few years. I guess they may have lowered their estimates. Anyway, Chennai Airport will need a lot of parking slots to accommodate existing and future traffic.
Very happy to see that AAI has invited bids for building parking structures on a PPP model. This will also help bring professional operations to traffic management at the airport since the operator will lose money if passengers park their vehicles anywhere and everywhere, as we the passengers do now. Mostly because we don’t have much of a choice. Check out.