The construction of Terminal 3 of Cochin International Airport, which began in February, 2014 by the UDF government, will be completed in March. CIAL authorities have decided to open up the new terminal for public visits. The general public can visit the terminal from 3rd to 10th February between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors have been asked to carry an ID proof with them.
The new terminal spreads over an expanse of 15 lakh sq ft and was constructed at a cost of less than Rs. 1,000 crore, with about 30 agencies being engaged to get the work done at the fastest pace. It was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Oomen Chandy in February, 2016, making it a golden feather in the UDF government’s cap.
The new terminal, which is estimated to double the capacity of CIAL, will have a total of 80 immigration counters, which will significantly reduce long queues for international travelers.