Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CIAL’s new international terminal to boost Kerala’s tourism sector

The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), India’s first in the PPP-model, is all decked up to open its new international terminal later this month. With a peak hour capacity of around 4,000 passengers, the 15 lakh-sq-ft terminal was constructed at a cost of ₹1,150 crore.

The new terminal would give a boost to the state’s reputation as one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The present terminal has benefited from the tourist traffic. Passenger arrivals stood at 7.7 million during FY-15, compared to less than half-a- million when operations began in 1999. Today, CIAL stands fourth in the country in terms of international passengers and seventh in total passengers.

“The new terminal – T-3 -- has been constructed with all possible modern facilities, which can live up to the challenges and requirements of the aviation industry for the next 25 years”, says VJ Kurian, Managing Director. “We have imported materials such as aero-bridges that are not manufactured in the country”, he said. Having laid the foundation stone in February 2014, the terminal’s construction was completed in 24 months. The boasts of 10 aero bridges, nine escalators, 18 elevators and 120 check in/immigration counters. Its car port, which has solar panels with capacity of 2.5 MWp on its roof, can house 1,500 cars at a time. CIAL is claimed to be the first airport in the world that fully operates on solar power.
15/11/16 V Sajeev Kumar/Business Line