Friday, February 26, 2016

New international terminal at Cochin airport takes off today

Passengers at India's first green field airport at Co-chin in the southern Indian state of Kerala can expect to get a hassle-free travel with the commissioning of a state-of-the-art new international passenger terminal at the airport on Friday.

The new terminal known as T3 to be dedicated to the nation by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has a peak-hour capacity to handle 4,000 passengers. The terminal will be able to handle 13-15 air-craft through aerobridges during the peak operation as against the current five aircrafts.

The 1.5 mil-lion sq ft two-level terminal built at a cost of Rs.10 billion provides for 112 check-in counters, in-line baggage screening facilities, 100 immigration counters, 19 boarding gates, six baggage conveyor belts, 15 aero bridges and fully covered alighting and boarding area be-sides a 50,000 sq ft walk through duty-free shop.

A modern parking bay, taxi-link to first floor of the terminal, advanced airfield ground lighting system and a modern X-ray-baggage screening as well as flyovers to-wards the terminal and its exit ex-tending to about half-a-km are the other features of the new terminal. The terminal offers passengers a real feel of traditional Kerala festival with its interior sporting a temple festival ambience. Fifteen real-size statues of elephants complete with caparisons and other accessories welcome the passengers on their arrival at the terminal.
25/02/16 T K Devasia/Khaleej Times

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