Cochin International airport handled 89,41,198 passengers during 2016-17, maintaining the status-quo of being the fourth in terms of international passengers and seventh in terms of total passengers, in the country. The airport witnessed an overall increase of 15.06% passenger traffic during 2016-2017. The domestic sector alone saw an increase of 26% in passenger traffic as compared to last year. With 49.98 lakh passenger movement in the international sector and 39.42 lakh passengers in the domestic sector, CIAL continues to be the only airport in the state which handles more than 5 million passengers a year. During 2016-17, CIAL handled 62,827 aircraft movements compared to 57,762 during 2015-16, registering an increase of 8.7%. The domestic sector handles 31,110 aircraft movement with an increase of 11.59%. The previous year, the total aircraft movement in the domestic sector in Cial was 27,901. In October 2016, Cial witnessed a 40% increase in domestic passengers, with 3,34,225 passengers moving to and from Kochi compared to October 2015, with 2,38,714 passengers. Highest passenger traffic in domestic sector was recorded in January, with 3,82,657 passengers travelling through Kochi.