The world-class terminal of Thiruvananthapuram international airport, ready for commissioning, provides an impressive and inspiring gateway for visitors to God's Own Country.

Covered by glass, the terminal offers a long view of the green, palm-fringed land. The building is a study in environmental architecture.

The glass used is of the heat-reflecting toughened variety.

Two skylights stretch the terminal's entire width, channelling natural light from the roof to the floors, lending a feeling of openness. Four skylights do this job in the arrival tube area.

Various green building concepts, such as energy-efficient systems and variable frequency drives, have been provided for lighting, air-conditioning and air-handling devices. Billed as one of the most technologically and architecturally advanced terminals of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in non-metro cities, the Rs.300-crore terminal complex, on the city side facing the Parvathy Puthanar, is proposed to be developed as a multi-modal transport hub.

If integrated with other modes of transport such as Railways, highways and inland waterways, as mooted by the AAI, passengers will get seamless transport in their mode of conveyance.

It will be the first airport in the country to have connectivity by road, rail and inland waterways.

S. Anil Radhakrishnan