New traffic pattern comes into effect to ease congestion at Chennai airport

Chennai: In an effort to reduce the time taken to enter and exit the Chennai airport and ease the congestion in front of the terminals, a revised traffic pattern came into effect from today.

A press release said with the introduction of new route, there will be separate access to departure and arrival levels in both domestic and international terminals.

“The vehicles in the departure level have to drop passengers and exit the airport and will not accesss to parking facility both in domestic and international terminals. Similarly, for vehicles arriving to pick up passengers, there will be separate lane only for pick up and separate for parking. Pick up lane vehicles cannot access parking and after pick up they have to leave the airport. The vehicles in parking have to pick up passengers from the designated pick up area in the parking lot and exit the airport,” the release added.

It further said in order to avoid congestion in front of terminal, the time allowed for vehicles in front of terminal will be minimum required time.

“However, 10 minutes free time from entry to exit of toll booths will continue. There will be fine imposed to vehicles parking (pickup /drop) in front of terminal more than reasonable time,” the release said.

The pick up will be permitted in front of terminal building only for private vehicles and commercial vehicles are not allowed except authorised cab aggregator Ola. Other pick up (s) will happen only in the parking area. The vehicle parking charges will remain the same as of now; however, the charges will be revised shortly after the new traffic flow is established satisfactorily.

NT Bureau