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Photos: New Terminal of Cochin Airport to be fully operational from tomorrow

The Cochin International Airport Ltd’s (CIAL) new international terminal (Terminal 3) is set to be fully operational from tomorrow 18th April 2017. Here are the salient features and photos of the world-class terminal. Double the capacity With the opening of the Rs 1,000-crore facility, the operational capacity of CIAL will be almost doubled. The new terminal will be able to handle 4,000 passengers at peak hours instead of the 2,000 passengers at the present international terminal. The new terminal will have a total of 80 immigration counters, which will significantly reduce long queues for international travellers. Currently, Terminal 1 facilitates 37 immigration counters. With the commissioning of T3’s phase one (south), the terminal will operate nine gates and 10 aerobridges. As of now, T1 facilitates five aerobridges. More aircrafts at the same time The T3 terminal will be capable of operating 12 aircrafts at the same time. Once the second phase of…

6 Reasons why India inviting Abu Dhabi Crown Prince is a diplomatic masterstroke

The Indian government has invited the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to be the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations in January 2017. While the acceptance of the Indian invitation can be seen as a reciprocation of Modi’s UAE visit in August last year, there are a number of factors which suggest that this invitation was a smart diplomatic move by India: 1. Economic Ties India is UAE’s number one trading partner while the Gulf nation is India’s third largest trading partner after the US and China. UAE is India’s second largest export destination with over $60 billion in bilateral trade. During Modi’s visit to UAE, it was decided to increase the current volume of bilateral trade by 60% in the next five years. For India’s energy security, UAE is an important country as it gets 9.38% of total crude requirement from that country. The volume of supply…