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Trivandrum International Airport is the first airport of Keralamarker, Indiamarker, located in Thiruvananthapurammarker. It is approximately due west from the city centre and from Kovalammarker beach .

Trivandrum International Airport has direct flights to many international cities like Kuwaitmarker, Dubaimarker, Singaporemarker, Malémarker, Colombomarker, Sharjahmarker, Muscatmarker, Bahrainmarker, Dohamarker, Jeddahmarker and Abu Dhabimarker. It is linked with Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa and Bangalore by domestic flights. The airport is a convenient point for hopping onto neighbouring SAARC countries like Sri Lanka and Maldives as well as to the Middle East and South East Asian countries.

History

The airport was established in 1932 as part of the Kerala Flying Club (under the initiative of Colonel Goda Varma Raja). International operations were initiated by Air India to cities in the Middle East like Dubaimarker, Abu Dhabimarker, Muscatmarker, Dohamarker, Kuwait Citymarker, Bahrainmarker and Dahranmarker during the latter half of the 1970s & early 80s. Very soon, Air Lanka (now Sri Lankan) & Air Male joined the race. On January 1, 1991 it was upgraded to an international airport, making it the first such airport in India outside the metropolitan cities.

Expansion plans

Work on a new third terminal to cater for the increasing load of international passengers has commenced in 2006. Decks have been cleared for the construction of a world-class terminal for the Trivandrum international airport with the Union Government giving its nod for the Rs.258 crore airport modernisation project.
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The terminal, being constructed by Airports Authority of India (AAI) on the city side, will give a big impetus to the development of the city, the IT sector and the tourism industry in the southern districts. The three-storeyed building with an area of 20,000 sq. metres, designed by a consortium of three companies, is of tubular design. All modern facilities such as escalators, elevators and aerobridges will be provided. The terminal will be able to handle the passengers of two A-300s and one Boeing 747 aircraft at a time.

To enable the passengers to check in at any counter, a Common Users Terminal Equipment (CUTE) will be installed. X-ray machines will be attached to the side of the conveyor belts for faster clearance of baggage. The check-in area will have a floor area of 950 sq. metres and the arrival area 570 sq. metres. The annual handling capacity of the terminal will be 13.3 lakh. The entrance to the terminal will be from the Chaka-Eenchakkal road. A bridge will be built across the Parvathy Puthanar canal to link the proposed new terminal to the Kazhakuttam-Inchivila NH 47. bypass.

The new terminal of the Thiruvananthapuram international airport will open in January 2010,.The present terminal can only cater to about 500 passengers at a time. The new terminal would be able to handle up to 1600 passengers.The new terminal is a tubular three-storied fully air-conditioned building with a floor area of 20,000 sq meters and would provide wi-fi connectivity to passengers.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for the terminal on Nov 1, 2006 after the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs Sept 2006 approved the Rs.2.5 billion project.The new terminal is expected to be operational by April 2010.

Airlines and destinations

There are two terminals, Terminal 1 serving solely domestic flights and Terminal 2 serving international flights.

The international terminal provides 2 gates. Ground operations are handled by Air India and AAI. It has basic amenities including cafés, a book-seller, duty-free shopping (used to run by ITDC, now by a private operator), free local calls, phone-recharging points and an executive lounge run by Muthoot Plaza. Though there is no wireless internet access, passengers can make use of a cybercafé for a fee.

Domestic

The Domestic Terminal of Trivandrum International Airport


International

Terminal 3

  • Terminal 3 of the airport is presently under construction.


Domestic Terminal Lounge


References

  1. Trivandrum International Airport, official airport name as per Airports Authority of India
  2. http://www.silkair.com/mbe/en_UK/content/experience/ontheground_airportlounge.jsp


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