Monday, November 18, 2019

No More Daytime Flights In Kochi Airport As Runway Work Is Set To Begin

The four-month-long runway re-surfacing work at Kochi Airport is set to start on Wednesday and there would be no flights from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. till March 28, 2020. Since almost all services have already been re- scheduled between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., the project period would see cancellation of only five services during the major runway re-surfacing period, a statement from the airport said on Monday. Cochin International Airport Ltd. has started the preparatory work for the project well in advance and thereby ensured the minimal cancellation of services with the co-operation of the airlines, the statement said.
The winter schedule which became effective from the last week of October has already adjusted the services to the available operational time, which sees the cancellation of only one service in international sector-Maldives service operated by Spicejet- and four services in domestic sector.
CIAL - the seventh busiest airport in the country- - handles 240 aircraft movements and 30,000 passengers a day, expects a rush in early morning and early evening hours as the operational time is going to be stipulated from 24 hrs to 16 hrs.
In view of it, CIAL has decided to increase the check-in time to 3 hrs for the domestic passengers and 4 hrs for the international passengers, the statement said.
Arrangements were already made to ensure hassle-free passenger movement with the help of Customs, Immigration, ground-handling agencies.
18/11/19 PTI/Bloomberg
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