Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will dedicate to the nation tomorrow the new International terminal,terminal 3 of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), the first airport in the world fully operated by solar energy.The new state-of-the-art International terminal at CIAL, built with an area of 15 lakh sq ft, would be the largest three International airports in Kerala and second in South India after the Hyderabad airport.
The new terminal had an envisaged peak hour capacity of 4,000 passengers and was being built in two levels, with the ground level would house the arrivals lounge while the second level would be for departures.
The new terminal would enable handling of 13 to 15 aircraft through aerobridges during peak operations, as against the present international terminals capacity of handling only five aircrafts. The terminal would have 112 check-in counters, 19 gates and 15 aerobridges and as many as 1500 cars would be able to accommodate in the parking area, which would be equipped with the latest access control mechanism.
The CIAL become the first airport in the world to operate on solar power last year when a 12 mw solar power plant was commissioned.