1. New International Passenger terminal
Cochin International Airport Limited is gearing up to take new challenges in passenger traffic growth as its dream project is about to set in. Chief minister Oommen Chandy laid the foundation stone of the new international passenger terminal on 1st Ferbuary 2014. The terminal building was inaugurated on 26th Feb.2016. With an investment over 1,000 crores (of Rupees), the terminal will have a built up area of 15 lakh sq.ft. The commercial operation in the new terminal eis expected to begin in September 2016. It will have a peak hour capacity of 4000 passengers.
Salient features of the New international terminal are:
- Elevation to feature Kerala Temple architechture
- Two level terminal-Arrival in ground level and departure in first level
- Finger pier concept to handle 13-15 aircrafts through aerobridges during peak operation (at present the international terminal can handle only 5 aircrafts)
- Elevated road approach to departure level
- 25m wide corridor with landscape and connectivity to departure
Facilities at a glance
Departure level 2: Covered road/ Kerb area of 3 lakh sft- 3+3+2 lane traffic,56 check in counters with provision for additional 28, 48 immigration counters,10000 sft dutyfree shop ,13 security gates. Departure level 3: 2 food courts, 4 premium lounges
Arrival level-1: Connectivity to departure for transit passengers at arrival corridor ,Connectivity to remote arrival, 50 immigration counters,aquarium, vertical garden, hanging installations, murals
Arrival level-0, 2000 sft duty free shop, 6 conveyor belt, 18000 sft passenger exit lounge with 2 main exit points, Visitors waiting and related concessionaries ,Meet and greet area
2. Aviation Maintanance and training Centre
Company already incorporated and project implementation commenced .Project comprising of 2 Hangars, Workshops and Administrative office space .Training facilities for Technical personnel and in-flight crew
On 18th August 2015 CIAL became the first airport in the world completely powered by solar energy. (The details of the project can be accessed in 'updates ' section). As the State of Kerala is going through an acute power shortage and the power tariff has exponentially increased in the recent years, the cost of power is a significant component of the operating cost of the Company, which is expected to increase further in the years to come. CIAL therefore considers that it is necessary to initiate steps to achieve self sufficiency in power by utilizing renewable energy resources.
CIAL Infrastructures Ltd, a subsidiary company of CIAL has successfully commissioned a 1 MWp Solar power plant in the CIAL Museum premises and the rooftops of aviation academy/hangar buildings, which is the first Mega watt scale solar power plant in the State of Kerala. The average power generated per day from this plant is approximately 4000 units. The work for the 12 MWp plant was started in January 2015 and completed in August. The plant generates approximately 48,000 units of power a day. Further, the work for doubling the capacity is going on.
CIAL also proposes to enter into the Small Hydro Power Sector in a significant way. Government of Kerala has issued G.O for allocation of 8 Small Hydro Electric Power Projects (SHEPs) with an aggregate capacity of 45.8 MW to CIAL for implementation on BOOT basis. The Power Department, Government of Kerala have also requested to intimate CIAL’s willingness to take up two SHEPs at Upper & Lower Kallar small hydro power projects in Idukki District, aggregating to 10MW of power. CIAL expects to complete the projects within approximately three years.
4. Air Kerala
The primary objective of the airline is to operate flights to the Middle East, where around 2.5 million Keralites are employed. The airline will follow the model of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL).The airline had planned to commence operations in April 2013, however, the Indian government’s stipulation, that an Indian airline seeking to operate international air services should first have a fleet of at least 20 aircraft and a five year experience in operating domestic services, had put the project on mute.
5. Drinking Water Scheme
Adding another token in it's corporate social responsibility programmes, Cochin International Airport Limited is joining hands with Kerala Water authority to set up a drinking water project to supply potable water to all the households of the three neighbouring villages. The project envisages implementation of a drinking water network in the panchayats that house the Green Field Airport project. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs. 85 crore, of which, Rs. 27 crore has been set aside for laying pipelines. Of this amount, the Kerala Water Authority will be contributing about 80 per cent while the balance