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New international departure terminal to be opened soon

A Correspondent

The new structure has been built at a cost of Rs.35 crore

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NEW FACILITY: The international departure terminal at CIAL, which will soon be opened to the public.

Nedumbassery: Even as a formal inauguration would take some more time, the upcoming international departure terminal at the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) would be opened to the public by the end of October, according to the airport officials. “We are about to start the re-routing of passengers through the new terminal in a short while. But the formal inauguration will be held three or four months later,” said a senior official. He added that some more work, including dismantling of some parts of the existing international departure terminal, would be completed before the inauguration.

The new three-storeyed building with a total floor area of 3 lakh sq ft is expected to ease the passenger pressure in the airport.

The total cost of the new structure is put at Rs.35 crore and has been raised by the company from its revenue.

Of the three floors, the first two will be given to passenger traffic. The viewers’ gallery will be set up in the third floor, said sources in the airport.

CIAL is also planning to launch a mini indoor amusement zone in the third floor. The zone might comprise computer game kiosks for children, food joints and internet cafes. CIAL also has plans to entrust the running of the amusement zone to an outside agency on a proceeds sharing basis.

The viewers’ gallery will be shifted to the new building from the domestic passenger terminal and would cover an area of around 8,000 sq ft, they added.

The airport management has already announced its plans to set up a duty-free shop cluster on 5,000 sq ft with thrust on the export of indigenous products like spices, silk and cashew.

Aimed at encouraging the use of bio-degradable products, the duty free shops here will provide bio-degradable paper carry bags instead of plastic bags. Besides, direct outlets of products like wrist watches and jewellery will also find a place in the building. There will be six executive lounges in the terminal which will be available for airlines to refurbish.

The company also plans to put up a mini Kerala forest display inside it.

The building will also have 36 immigration counters, 12 frisking points by the CISF and four entry points for the passengers, said sources.

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