Chennai: The airport may get more morning flights to domestic destinations in the coming months .
This is because Vistara, Alliance Air, Air India, and Air India Express have started flights from the old international terminal that has been converted to handle domestic services.
This complex had been lying unused after international flights started using a new terminal.
Now, more than 25 flights depart every day from this terminal. Since the airport now has two domestic terminals, airlines can start more peak-hour flights from the city by dividing the load.
An Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said the airport can also accommodate more airlines.
“We have told the airlines that space is available. They can schedule more flights during peak hours in the morning. There was a shortage of slots for flights. Most of the airlines want to increase frequency during the morning and evening peak hours. This was not possible because the domestic terminal was full. Now, there is additional space in the modified terminal. There is also space because around 25 flights have moved out of the domestic terminal to the second domestic terminal,” the official said.
The four airlines that have moved to the second domestic terminal can add flights.
But more airlines cannot move operations there as there are only two aerobridges in the terminal as another terminal is being built between the integrated international terminal and the modified domestic terminal.
When the new terminal is completed, there will be more facilities. “The idea is to increase domestic capacity substantially when the expansion work is completed,” said an official.
The airport will have the capacity to handle 35 million passengers a year when all the work is completed.