Ashok Gajapathi Raju visits CIAL
Appreciating the effective and low cost functioning of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati said that CIAL was the viable role model for other airports in the country.
Talking to newspersons after visiting the CIAL and Solar Plant at Nedumbassery on 31th January 2016, the minister said the airport had received national and international appreciation for its effective functioning right from the PPP model to the first airport in the world operating with solar energy.
Stating that CIAL had launched 12 MW solar plant without any direction from the central government or any other agencies and become the first airport in the world running with complete solar energy, Mr Ashok said the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had issued necessary direction to all other airports in the country to produce at least one mw solar power like the CIAL.
Narrating the function of the airport, CIAL Managing Director, V J Kurian, who is the master brain behind such innovative model and functioning of the airport, informed the Minister that the CIAL was ready to exempt parking and landing fees to those airline companies, who were ready to operate their direct flights to America or other European countries.The Minister said the government would consider the suggestion seriously and would try to bring the issue before the airline companies.
As part of the airport visit, Minister attended a meeting to review the functioning of the airport. Officials including A.C.K.Nair, airport director, A.M.Shabeer,executive director, Saji.K.George, company secretary, Jose Thomas,T.R.Gopalakrishna,general managers, S.Anil Kumar, adl.commissioner, customs, S.K.Nair, port registration officer, Syam Sunder, CEO, Air India Express, Hariharan, Regional director, Air India participated the meeting.
Pic: V.J.Kurian, Managing Director, CIAL briefs Hon’ble Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on his visit to CIAL’s solar plant