Flying is no longer a luxury. The numbers tell the story. When Cochin Airport in Kerala began operations in 1999, it had only half-a-million passengers; last year, it had 7.7 million. Today, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is the fourth largest in terms of international passengers and seventh in terms of total passengers.
Cochin International Airport has awarded the mechanical, electrical, and public health system contract for its new international terminal to Sterling and Wilson, a part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
The Cochin International Airport is all set to become the first airport to be fully solar powered. As part of its initiative to become the first ´green airport´ in the country, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) had commissioned two solar plants of smaller capacity in 2013.
The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) will introduce 15 new aero-bridges, on a par with other Metro city airports in the country. Being built at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore, the aero-bridges will be completed this fiscal.
The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) will soon open a four-lane road from the National Highway keeping in mind the steady growth in passenger movement through the airport. The airport company is in the final stages of completing the first phase of the 5 km long stretch, which is scheduled to open soon. The 2.5 km stretch starting from the highway to the Golf Course Club is being developed at a cost of Rs 21.3 crore.
The Cochin International Airport Limited, which operates India´s first corporate airport in the Kerala port city of Kochi, is building a new terminal for international passengers at a cost of Rs 8 bn. The 1.5 mn-sq-ft terminal, more than three times bigger than the existing one is capable of handling 4,000 passengers per hour.
To meet the growing demands of air travel for the next 20 years, Cochin International Airport (CIAL) will soon take up the construction of a new terminal. The proposed 15 lakh sq.ft terminal is estimated to cost Rs 250-crore.