KOCHI: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced the decision to build a new international terminal at the Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery at a cost of Rs. 400 crore.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the 17th annual meeting of CIAL on Saturday. According to the proposal given by the CIAL, a state-of-the-art new international terminal will be capable of handling 10 million passengers per annum with a peak hour capacity of 4,000 passengers.
The terminal will have 16 parking bays with full aerobridge connectivity, the proposal says. The bays will be constructed in a phased manner and the airport will have a total of 40 parking bays. The terminal is expected to cater to the traffic requirements of the airport for the next 15 years.
Chandy said Union Minister for Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi has accepted an invitation to visit the state with his team. The delegation will discuss the various developmental issues of the three airports in the state, including the dispute with Air India. The Chief Minister announced a number of new proposals under consideration, including a new road from Angamaly town to the airport, a project to widen the existing approach road from Athani Junction to the airport. This will also include the widening of the railway overbridge on the road, extension of the Metro Line till the airport was under consideration.
The CIAL has proposed an ‘Approach Surveillance Radar’, a canopy for the existing terminal to facilitate passenger movement during rain, an indoor sporting complex meeting national standards, a trade fair centre and an airport museum and a 110 KV sub-station.