The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which operates India’s first PPP airport is building a new terminal for international passengers at a cost of Rs8 billion. Apart from the new international terminal, a host of facilities including 18 hole golf course, 1MW solar power generation system, aviation security training institute and golf academy will be launched on Feb. 1. The function is slated at 5 pm.
Oommen Chandy, chief minister and chairman of the CIAL, lay the foundation stone for the 1.5 million-square-feet terminal, more than three times bigger than the existing one, capable of handling 4,000 passengers at an hour. The company hopes the additional space and facilities to address the challenges of the increasing growth in traffic. The new terminal with an elevation featuring Kerala temple architecture will have all the latest features of international standards .Construction major Larsen & Toubro is building the facility which will be ready within 30 months.The two-level terminal will have provisions for 112 check-in counters, with in-line baggage screening facilities, 100 immigration counters, duty free shops of 30,000 square feet at departure and arrival lounges, 19 boarding gates, 15 aero bridges, six baggage conveyer belts and fully covered alighting and boarding area.
Yusuffali MA, one of the directors will welcome the gathering at the ceremony while V. J. Kurian, the founding managing director, will make introductory address. A.M.Shabeer, executive director,cial, will present a report on companies activities.
Ports and Airports Minister K Babu, one of the directors representing the state government, will preside over the function .Industries Minister P. K. Kunhalikutty will inaugurate 1 MW solar photovoltaic power generation system while Finance Minister KM Mani will open the new duty free warehouse.
Prof K. V. Thomas, the Union minister for state (food and public distribution), will inaugurate the second phase of the golf course while K. C. Venugopal, the union minister for state( civil aviation), will launch the CIAL Aviation Security Training Institute . Works Minister V. K. Ebrahim Kunju will inaugurate CIAL Golf Academy and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob will inaugurate an integrated airport management system installed there and ACK Nair, airport director will render vote of thanks.
Today, the airport records 181 international aircraft movements and 232 domestic aircraft movements in a week, handling 11,000 passengers a day. More than 33,000 people are visiting airport everyday.
The domestic terminal with 100,000 sq-ft area has passenger handling capacity of 400 incoming and 400 outgoing passengers an hour. Once the new facility is ready, the existing international terminal too will be added to this.
The first phase of the golf course was commissioned in 2010 on a sprawling 130 acres of verdant land. It is the first 18-hole golf course in Kerala for playing to the length of over 7,200 yards with Bermuda Tifdwarf on greens and Bermuda 419 on fairways and tees. The all-weather golf course now has a permanent practice range and a full-fledged club house. It is the first course in India to offer an island green. Five large lakes covering 67,000 sq. meters adorn the landscape while medicinal plants and shrubs fill the space between fairways.