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The facility by PVR is ready for commercial opening and is awaiting final licenses from the authorities, which will hopefully be getting after the Pongal holidays. The theatre will be a five-screen facility and can accommodate 1000 passengers once opened.
The theatre is coming up on the top floor of the multi-level car parking space at the airport, which was opened to the public recently. Flyers from the airport can reach the theatre through a link bridge. Construction of this bridge has also been completed.
The multi-level car parking facility with food courts and retail shops was made operational in December last year. A shopping mall in the complex is also nearing completion.
Last month, the Chennai airport recorded the highest daily footfall. On December 23, as many as 60,375 passengers were handled at the airport which was the highest of the year 2022. According to airport sources, even in the pre-covid years – 2018 and 2019 -, the passenger footfall did not touch 60000 and it was only around 40,000 per day.
In November last year, the passenger footfall at the Chennai airport was 15,85,199 lakh and in December it was 17,22,496 lakh. Chennai International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in India and the third busiest airport for international traffic in the country.
Though the airport authorities earlier planned a satellite terminal in Chennai, it was put on hold temporarily as the air traffic has not seen satisfactory growth, especially after covid.
The Chennai airport located at Tirusulam, which is around 20 kilometres away from the city centre, is expected to reach saturation by 2035, with a peak capacity of 40 million passengers.