CIAL (Cochin International Airport) is known as 1st Greenfield airport setting in PPP (public private partnership) model in communal aviation infrastructure division in India. This airport is located strategically with easy accessibility to 3 national highways by way of Kerala as NH 49, NH 17 and NH 47. The major railway line with route “Kanyakumari to Delhi” is quite adjacent to the airport of Cochin and it is located between Angamaly and Alwaye railway stations. Also, sea port of Cochin which is considered as the biggest one of India is also located nearby. The airport serves as an important connection in international tourism, travel and trade.
Cochin airport has been set up in segments on modular base to meet future needs and to reduce the early spending so as to derive great revenue.
The different airlines that operate from Cochin airport are:
- Air Sahara
- Air India
- Air Deccan
- Go Air
- Gulf Air
- Indian Airlines
- Jazeera Airways
- Jet Air Ways
- Qatar Airways
- Paramount Airways
- Oman Airways
- Mahan Air
- Tiger Airways
- Sri Lankan Airlines
Prepaid taxi services can be hired at any time all through the day from international airport to almost any destination situated in and out of Cochin. These prepaid taxis are automated and fully computerized managed by employees of Cochin International Airport Limited. The type of taxis include Toyota quails, Tata Sumo and air conditioned as well as ordinary ambassadors. CIAL offers for hiring regular basis taxi services for conducting round trips and tours throughout the country. Notably, this cooperative society does not allow using credit cards as payment modes to hired prepaid taxis.
Facilities offered by Cochin international airport
- High standard duty free shops
- Display system for flight information
- CUTE system
- Internet facility
- Medical, banking and currency exchange services
- Child room, guest room and telephone facilities
- Restaurants, tea, snacks and coffee bars
- Public address system, aerobridges, postal facility and book shops
- Baggage trolleys, curio and gif shops
- Feed back service
The airport has 3 spacious and well furnished apartments within the premises offering relaxed residing to visitors using airport. These rooms are also managed by CIAL which charges around 850 rupees for each room. The passengers can use these apartments for around twenty four hours. You can also book the apartment in advance by depositing the full amount by DD or cash drawn in the name of CIAL and payable at “Nedumbassery”.