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New terminal at Cochin International Airport inaugurated

Saturday , 05 March 2016

A new international terminal has been launched at the Cochin International Airport and new flights to Europe and Australia will commence soon

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the new international terminal and once again, stressed that the State Government will keep pushing for Air Kerala at the Centre                      Pic/newindianexpress

A new international terminal (T-3) at the Cochin International Airport was inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on February 26.

After the inauguration, the Chief Minister said that the State Government would entrust Cochin International Airport Limited with the task of constructing an air strip at Bekal and eight helipads in various parts of the State.

The land required for the project will be handed over to CIAL Infrastructure – a subsidiary of CIAL – after the State Government identifies it.

“Air Kerala is a dream project of the State. The Central Government’s reluctance to waive the Rule-5/20, which mandates five years of domestic flying experience and a fleet strength of at least 20 aircrafts for all airlines in the country for flying abroad, has been a stumbling block for the project. However, the State Government will strive to implement the project by seeking exemption from the Central Government.” said Chandy, adding that CIAL would soon start direct flights from Kochi to Europe and Australia.

“Work on eight small hydel projects and enhancement of capacity at the existing solar power plants are progressing,” he said.

Chandy also said that CIAL had proved its efficiency by completing the new international terminal well within the deadline and at a much lower cost, thereby setting a standard for the entire nation.

The introductory speech at the function was delivered by CIAL managing director, VJ Kurian, while CIAL executive director AM Shabeer presented the technical report. Felicitations were offered by Food and Supplies ministers Anoop Jacob, MLA KM Mani, MP KV Thomas and MLA Anwar Sadath.

The new terminal was constructed on an area of 15 lakh square feet and at a cost of less than 1,000 crore. The terminal’s foundation stone was laid on February 1, 2014, and it was completed in 24 months, with the help of more than 30 different agencies.