Cochin International Airport Adds New Facilities for Passengers

Kochi: Cochin International Airport located at Nedumbassery near here got a major facelift the other day with Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, inaugurating a new international terminal, newly built 4.3-km road and capacity augmentation of the solar plant.

Speaking on the occasion, Pinarayi said the State would soon have four well-managed international airports. ”The Kannur airport is expected to be ready for commercial operation in six months. The State Government has requested the Director General of Civil Aviation  to grant permission to resume services using wide-body aircraft after the completion of maintenance works at Kozhikode airport. We are expecting a favourable response from the authorities in this regard,”  Pinarayi said.

The new Rs. 850-crore terminal has centralised air conditioning system, 10 escalators, 21 elevators, three moving walkways, 33,000 sq.ft. space for duty-free shops, 3,000 surveillance cameras, 10 aero-bridges and modern baggage handling facility.

Capacity of the solar power plant at the CIAL is being augmented by 6MW by spending Rs. 30 crore, considering the additional energy requirement after commissioning of the new terminal. The work is expected to be completed by May.

The new road and ROB, constructed at a cost of Rs. 98 crore, has reduced the distance to the airport from NH by one km. Later, the Chief Minister received the crew and passengers of the first plane – Jet Airways flight from Muscat – that landed at the new terminal.

The function was presided over by Dr. T M Thomas Isaac, State Finance Minister while Mathew T Thomas, Water Resource Minister, delivered the keynote address. K V Thomas MP; MLAs Hibi Eden, V D Satheesan, Roji John and Anwar Sadath; Yusuffali M A, Director, CIAL and V J Kurian, Managing Director, CIAL spoke.