With the flood waters in Kerala receding rapidly, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in the state and the busiest, will open on August 29 – after 15 days of closure.
Confirming the same, CIAL took to its Facebook page on Thursday to announce:
Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.
Rs 220 crores loss in the floods
The airport has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crores in the floods, an official told PTI.
He said the solar power system of the world’s first solar-powered airport has also suffered damage in the floods.
“We have launched efforts on a war-footing to rebuild the damaged infrastructure. Our initial assessment is that we have suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 220 crores in the floods,” the official said, adding around 200 workers have been engaged to clean up the terminal building.
The CIAL management has launched rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure including 2.6 km long airport walls, that collapsed after Periyar river overflowed, he said.
The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.
Consequent to the flooding, a Rs. 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged. The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers during 2017-18.
Published on 21 August 2018, Updated on 22 August 2018