Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Cochin airport plans to renovate Terminal 2

Kochi: In order to find more revenue streams, Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) has come up with a plan to renovate its Terminal 2 (T-2), which is not in use since 2019 following the shifting of domestic operations to renovated Terminal 1. T-2 will be converted into three utility blocks, which will house an exclusive area for business jets’ operation, a VVIP safe house and budget rooms for passengers’ short stay.

Cial managing director S Suhas said the director board chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had given in-principle approval for the conversion plan of T-2. The works will begin in August.

“We are lining up several short-term as well as long-term projects for activating new revenue streams. The civil work of the five-star hotel project has gained momentum. The conversion of T-2 is another ambitious idea to tap potential revenue. We plan to accommodate a Business Jet terminal, a VVIP safe house and a transit hotel in the sprawling T-2 which stands unused now,” Suhas said.

A meeting convened by the MD has finalized the blueprint which envisages a cost-effective renovation of the interior of T-2 into three blocks. Thirty per cent of the built-up area will be used for block one which will be converted into an exclusive business jet terminal with 3 lounges. This terminal will cater to both international and domestic business jets. Exclusive areas for customs, immigration and security holding operations will be allotted.

“Block-2 will have an area of 10,000 sqft and is earmarked to house a VVIP safe house. This concept will ensure a hassle-free movement of passengers during the VVIP movement. Block-3 will have an area of 60,000 sqft. Cial is planning to build 50 budget rooms for short-stay of passengers at the airport. It is planned to apply the dynamic tariff concept; wherein the rent will be calculated on hour-based scale. Cial plans to complete block 1 and 2 in one year,” said a statement.

20/07/21 Times of India

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