More morning flights as airport adds parking bays | Chennai News

Chennai: The city’s airport will be able to accommodate more early morning flights as Airports Authority of India (IAA) has opened five parking spaces and is working to complete five more in the coming days.
All five traffic lanes were opened alongside the commissioning of a reconfigured traffic lane connecting the terminal to Guindy-end of the main track on Thursday.
The parking bays have been reconfigured to free up space as work resumes to straighten the taxiway after the demolition of the old airport building, Madras Aeroclub and redo the ring road by moving some other facilities. The bays have been closed for work for the past four years.
“Work continues to redesign five more parking spaces. Bays 1 to 5 were opened on Thursday while bays 6 to 10 will be commissioned soon. There will be more space for planes,” he added.
Parking spaces away from the terminal help the airport to allocate overnight parking for the operation of domestic services early in the morning.
The airport currently handles around 37 domestic flights from 4:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on weekdays. There were 48 flights in February 2020 before the pandemic.
Red-eye flights and early morning flights were popular in pre-pandemic days. In the past, airlines have asked the airport to allocate more spaces for overnight parking in January and February 2020, when domestic traffic is at its peak.
In recent months, most domestic flights, including early morning flights, have resumed. It is possible to increase the frequency of flights as AAI has requested more international flights in the summer schedule.
The airport handled 11,255 flights in May 2022, about 3,000 less than pre-pandemic figures.

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