Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Airport rises to the challenge

Thiruvananthapuram: The Thiruvananthapuram international airport handled 1.15 lakh additional flyers and 1,235 movements (flights, helicopters, and military operations) during the 15-day period from August 15 when the Cochin international airport remained closed for air traffic due to inundated operational area.

The airport handled flights bound for Kochi, rescue and relief flights of the Defence forces, besides the 120 daily scheduled flights with ease.

Of the 1.15 lakh additional flyers, 30,096 flew on Air India and Air India Express, headquartered in Kochi. Through 160 flights of AI and 108 flights of Air India Express between August 15 and 29, as many as 12,656 incoming passengers and 17,531 outgoing passengers moved through the airport.

The airport facilitated movement of 182 flights of the Defence forces and another 184 helicopters. Well-connected to the road network, it was used as a hub for rescue and relief operations.
04/09/18 S Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu