Monday will mark the inauguration of Cargo Terminal, Digiyatra, Modernization of Airport Emergency Services and the laying of the foundation stone for the first phase development of International Terminal, Aero Lounge, Golf Tourism and Electronic Security Zone. Kochi Airport will witness changes aimed at modernization in the comprehensive sector as well.
The international terminal will be expanded with an area of 5 lakh sq.ft including a new apron of 15 lakh sq.ft and 8 new aerobridges. With this, the number of aircraft parking bays will increase to 44. The foundation stone for the first phase of this project, which has been prepared considering the future traffic growth, will be laid.
Kochi Airport is taking a crucial step in the cargo sector as well. With the inauguration of the import cargo terminal, SIAL’s annual cargo handling capacity will increase to 2 lakh metric tonnes. With this, the entire existing cargo space can be used for export purposes. The Chief Minister said that this will strengthen the government’s policies to find a global market for the agricultural products from the state.
A terminal with state-of-the-art facilities is also being set up at Nedumbassery for the relaxation of passengers. Tomorrow will be the foundation stone laying of the aerolounge, named ‘0484 Luxury Aerolounge’, to be built near Terminal 2 for short breaks. 42 luxurious guest rooms, restaurant, mini conference hall, board room, gym and spa area of half a lakh square feet. Once the construction is completed, it will become the largest airport lounge in the country.
Digiyatra is a system that makes the departure process at terminals more efficient and smooth with the help of digital technology. Modernization of Airport Fire Brigade to Airport Emergency Service. Two Austrian-made fire engines and other modern vehicles have also been added to the fleet of emergency vehicles.
A state-of-the-art electronic security system is also being prepared in Kochi to increase the security of the operational area of the airport. The Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) will be inaugurated on Monday. Also developing Sial Golf Course, Kerala’s only 18-hole course. As part of this, resorts, waterfront cottages, party/conference hall and sports center are also being constructed.
Sial, the only airport in India to be profitable in the post-Covid era, has successfully implemented several initiatives in the last two years, the Chief Minister said. He also pointed out that during this period CIAL commissioned a 14 MWp solar power plant at Payyannur, a 4.5 MW hydroelectric project at Aripara in Kozhikode and India’s first charter gateway business jet terminal.