Passenger traffic at Kochi airport touches 96.63 lakh

The Cochin airport stands seventh in terms of total passenger traffic in the country.

The Cochin airport stands seventh in terms of total passenger traffic in the country.  

Passenger movement through the Cochin International Airport touched 96.63 lakh during 2017, taking passenger traffic through three airports in the State to around 1.6 crore during the calendar year. It is expected that the Kochi airport will witness passenger traffic of around one crore by the end of the financial year 2017-18, says a statement issued by CIAL here.

The passenger traffic has moved up from 87.36 lakh during 2016 for CIAL, which is a 10.62% growth for the year 2017, the press release adds. Of the total number of passengers, there were 45.28 lakh domestic passengers and 51.35 lakh international passengers. There is a 20.28% growth in the domestic sector and 3.29% growth in the international sector.

The year 2016 saw 61,463 landings and take-offs from the Kochi airport.

The number went up to 67,590 during 2017, which is a 10% increase. A total of 24 airlines operate out of Kochi and two more airlines are joining the services in the New Year, the press release adds.

CIAL has been engaged in developing the domestic terminal at the airport, taking into consideration the fast growth in the domestic sector, said CIAL managing director V.J. Kurien. There is a situation in which the number of passengers will nearly double in four years. It is expected that the domestic terminal will be operational by April this year.

The Cochin airport stands seventh in terms of total passenger traffic in the country. In terms of international travellers, CIAL stands at the fourth position, the press release adds.

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