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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.

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 the terminal is completed, the terminal can operate around 25 flights at the same time. As of now, the current international terminal (T1) can operate 5 – 7 aircrafts at one time.

Salient features

Some salient features of the new international terminal are:

The foundation stone for T3 terminal was laid on February, 1 2014 at the CIAL, which is run on a Public Private Participation (PPP) model.

The phase-II of Terminal 3 is expected to be completed in a year. Also there will be an upgrade in facilities for business and first class passengers. They will have exclusive access to their respective gates.

Facilities at a glance

Most advanced baggage screening

According to CIAL authorities, T3 will have the most advanced baggage screening facility in the country with computed tomography (CT) machines.

It will scan baggage from multiple angles, allowing security officials to get a complete view of the baggage.

The new terminal will also accommodate the arrival and departure of VIP’s, both domestic and international.

The domestic terminal operation will be moved to the old international terminal building once it gets renovated.

The CIAL airport is the fourth busiest airport in the country. Compared to 2015, there has been an increase of 17.8 per cent passengers at the Cochin International Airport, of which, 49, 71,421 are domestic passengers.

Published on 17 April 2017 - Photos courtesy : CIAL