Friday, March 10, 2017

Cochin airport’s new terminal opens Saturday

Kochi: Cochin International Airport (CIAL) opens its new 1.5mn sq ft integrated international passenger terminal for traffic Saturday.
The world’s first fully solar-powered airport now also has India’s largest solar carport with an initial capacity to accommodate 1,400 vehicles in 225,000 sq ft covered by solar panels.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will receive passengers of the first flight, a Jet Airways flight from Muscat.
“The arrival and departure terminals will go fully functional in a week,” said P S Jayan, the airport’s corporate communications manager. “There’ll be no takeoffs from here on the first day.”
Vijayan’s predecessor Oommen Chandy opened the Rs 10.25bn terminal for fit-outs more than a year ago.
The company has since doubled its captive solar energy capacity and completed a four-lane road and rail overbridge ensuring seamless road traffic to the airport.
The new terminal will address the air traffic needs of India’s fourth busiest airport in international traffic for another 20 years, managing director V J Kurien said.
The new terminal – capable of handling A380s and more than three times bigger than the old one – has a peak hour passenger capacity of 4,000. It has provisions for 112 check-in counters, with in-line baggage screening facilities, 100 immigration counters, 19 boarding gates, 15 aerobridges, six baggage conveyer belts and fully covered alighting and boarding areas.
The terminal, built at one-third the cost of other airports in India as its officials claim, will be able to handle 35mn passengers a year.
10/03/17 Ashraf Padanna/Gulf Times