Cochin International Airport is the first green field airport in the country built with public-private partnership .Planned and constructed from scratch, the airport has been acclaimed for setting a novel idea in infrastructure development. The astonishing public participation, relentless support from NRIs and an effective leadership have made CIAL, the company that built and operates the airport, an international brand. Its also the first airport in the world fully powered by solar energy.
Mr.V.J.Kurian IAS is the founder managing director of the company and the project itself is his brain child. With the guidance and patronage of Late Mr.K.Karunakaran, former Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr.Kurian could materialize a never before idea of building an international airport with public private partnership. He was responsible for the entire project from conception to making the company a runaway success. The company showcases a sustainable business model which always adheres to people, community and culture. The balance sheet also is sound as the profit ratio exceeds 35%. It is now the only airport in Kerala, which handled five million passengers a year.
Ever since commercial operations started on 10th June 1999 with International flight to Dammam.,CIAL, has grown rapidly becoming the 4th largest International Airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic in just four years. CIAL recorded a cumulative annual growth rate of nearly 20% in the initial 8 years and thereafter at 12% with annual passenger traffic touching 7.7 million in 2015-16. The airport handled 8.9 million passengers during 2016-17 and the weekly aircraft movements stand around 1200. For the first time in its history, the passenger volume for a single financial year (2017-18) touched 10 million on 28th March 2018.
There are 24 airline companies operate from the airport today, which facilitates direct connectivities to GCC, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
The MRO facility by CIASL, a fully owned subsidiary of CIAL, has obtained certifications from DGCA,-India, GCAA-UAE; SLCAA-Sri Lanka and is providing engineering services to Sri Lankan Airlines, Etihad, Gulf Air etc.
||Terminals & Amenities
|3400m long, 45m wide, Code E Runway with Boeing-747-400 as critical aircraft
||Domestic terminal - 1,20,000 sq. ft area with per hour handling capacity of 400 incoming and 400 outgoing passengers
|Full length parallel taxi track, Rapid Exit Taxiway and 3 normal taxi links
||International Terminal - 15,00,000 sq. ft spacious with separate gateholds and distinctly separate arrival & departure areas handling 2000 incoming & 12000 outgoing passengers
|5 contact bays and 11 remote bays
||Air side ambulance and Medical assistance
|CAT – 1 Runway Lighting and state of the art ILS facility
||Duty Free shop, Art Gallery
|CIAL, has a self contained cargo village comprising of 70,000 sq. ft of International cargo, 40,000 sq. ft domestic cargo with annual handling capacity of over 100,000 MTs. 25000 MT storage area for perishables
Prepaid taxi accepts only Indian rupee. CIAL has all the facilities i.e: ATM, Money Exchange, Bank, Multi cuisine restaurants, Coffee shops, Book stores, Utility stores, Coffee vending machines etc. The traveller is made absolutely comfortable once he/she is inside the premises of CIAL
|Fully equipped CAT -9 Fire fighting & Rescue services
||Executive lounge, Guest Rooms, Prayer Rooms, Meet & assist
|MRO Facility with 2 conventional hangars
||18 hole Golf club and Training Academy
Kochi in Kerala is witnessing unprecedented growth. Kochi has become the business hub of Kerala and is witnessing a number of mega projects like LNG terminal, International Cargo Container Terminal etc. Studies in tourism sector show a annual growth of 7% in foreign tourists and 9% in domestic tourists. Kerala Government’s Vision 2025 sets its targets.