Kochi: Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is all set to open its new International Terminal – The Terminal 3 (T3) at Nedumbaserry, near here on February 26, 2016. Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the T3.
The foundation stone for the new international terminal was laid on February 01, 2014. The T3 of CIAL is coming up with a built-up area of 15,00,000 sq. ft. and will have a peak hour handling capacity of 4,000 passengers. (The present terminal caters to a peak capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour.) Similar to the other terminals, the T3 too will showcase Kerala temple architecture in its faced and house world class state-of-the-art facilities inside. The new terminal has come up with an investment of Rs. 1,000 crores.
Some of the salient features of the new international terminal are the 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 (present international terminal can handle only five aircrafts), and elevated road approach to departure level.
V J Kurian, Managing Director of CIAL said, “We embarked on an ambitious expansion programme to address the future challenges, when we laid the foundation stone for the new international terminal. Over the past 24 months, team CIAL has been pushing their resources to the limit to translate that dream into reality.”
The Departure level spread over 3,00,000 sq. ft. will have 56 check in counters with provision for additional 28, 48 immigration counters; 10,000 sq. ft. duty free shop, 13 security gates, two food courts, and four premium lounges.
The Arrival level will have 50 immigration counters; 2,000 sq. ft. duty free shop, six conveyor belts; 18,000 sq. ft. passenger exit lounge with two main exit points, visitors waiting and related concessionaries, and meet and greet area.
Right from its inception as a path breaking Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, CIAL has scripted aviation history in India. Since the beginning of commercial operations on June 10, 199, the airport has witnessed a steady and sustainable growth, both in terms of revenue and traffic. On August 18, 2015, CIAL became the world’s first airport to be completely powered by solar energy.
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Photograph shows present International Terminal