CIAL sets records in Passenger volume
Crosses the mark of 5 million
Kochi: Flouting the oddity of decline in aviation sector in other parts of the country, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has marked a record growth in passenger volume. The last fiscal figure in airport traffic has made CIAL the only airport in Kerala which has crossed the magical number of 5 million pax a year.
Cochn International airport limited, the company that built the first ever airport with public participation has been showing consistent growth in both passenger traffic and aircraft movements since its inception. The airport handled 5.39 million passengers in 2013-14 fiscal, which is 10.01 % above that of the 2012-13 fiscal. Also notable is that, international passengers exceeds the domestic passengers, a trend which shows the potentials of the airport. 3.271m is the figure of international passengers who used the airport while 21.19 m is the figure of the domestic passengers. Cial has recorded 11.49 % growth in international passengers and 7.8 % growth in domestic passengers. In 2013-14, the airport recorded 47072 aircraft movements which is higher by 13.32 percent of what have had in previous financial year.
According to Mr.V.J.Kurian IAS, the founder managing director of CIAL, the strength of the company is facilitating the passenger with international class service at a cost effective manner. “….We have been always adhering to this vision. Our aim in larger prospective is that to make this airport as the hub of airtraffic in south india”..added Mr.Kurian. Mr.A.C.K. Nair, airport director has nodded that, even though the present terminals have the capacity of handling sufficient passenger volume, CIAL is building an International terminal at a cost of 850 crores to address the challenges in the future.
At present, 19 international carriers and six domestic carriers are operating services from Cochin Airport. They together operate 963 weekly schedules, which include 35 each to destinations like Sharjah and Dubai and 21 services to Abudhabi.
hike in cargo volume
CIAl cargo division is also recorded growth in the last fiscal. The total tonnage increased by 17 percent compared to the last fiscal. CIAL handled 54440.0 ton of cargo this year against that of 46530.3 ton last year. The perishable cargo has witnessed a growth rate of 22.19 percent, thanks to the high end air-conditioned ware house built by CIAL a few years ago
Caption : 1. Passengers in CIAL international terminal
2.V.J.Kurian IAS, MD, Cial