• Cochin International Airport posts 20% growth in passenger traffic

    Cochin International Airport Ltd has posted a 20 per cent growth in passenger traffic, thereby handling 77 lakh travellers in FY-16.

    Of this, the growth in domestic passengers was 16.66 per cent, while the international passengers constitute 23.92 per cent.

    The number of domestic passengers was 31.29 lakh against 26.82 lakh in the previous fiscal while the figure of international travellers was 46.41 lakh against 37.45 lakh. The aircraft movement during the period also registered a 10 per cent growth.

    As many as 24 airlines are currently operating from CIAL and more companies have evinced interest in staring operations shortly both domestic and overseas services. This included Vistara, Air Pegasus and Thai Air Asia’s Kochi-Bangkok service.

    V.J. Kurian, Managing Director, attributed the surge in traffic to the economic model that CIAL had been following. “We always practice cost effective way of functioning. This is one of the airports in the country charging the lowest fares for services offered”.

    The notable feature in the past fiscal was the significant increase in the domestic passengers. There had been a good increase in the tourists from North India as well as passengers from Far East countries. With the commencement of operation of new international terminal, the flight services as well as number of passengers would clock an even greater surge, he said. 

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