Cochin International Airport is the international airport located in Nedumbassery, a suburb of the city of Kochi (also called Cochin) in the Kerala state of India. The airport serves Greater Cochin, Ernakulam District, Thrissur District, Kottayam District, Alappuzha District, Idukki District, Pathanamthitta District, and Palakkad District, and is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Kochi. It is owned and operated by the Cochin International Airport Limited. Cochin INternational Airport is the busiest and largest airport in Kerala.
Cochin International Airport has three terminals, each with its specific purpose. One is used by passengers of domestic flights, another is used by passengers of international flights, and the last is for cargo. The domestic terminal is the smallest, with an area of 110,000 square feet. It is designed to handle up to 400 passengers. There are six security gates and a common waiting area, as well as a family lounge and a premium lounge for business-class passengers. The food court can be found in the waiting area, although there is also a restaurant in the entry lobby. The domestic terminal's departure hall is equipped with 26 common-use terminal equipment enabled check-in counters and two baggage carousels. The international terminal is the largest, covering an area of 478,000 square feet. There are two buildings connected by a corridor for departures and arrivals. The departure and arrival halls can accommodate 1,800 people each at any given time. There are 42 CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment)-enabled check-in counters, 10 security gates, four baggage carousels, and four premium lounges for first-class and business-class passengers. There are also plans for a new international terminal to be built; once it is constructed, the old international terminal will become the domestic terminal, and the current domestic terminal will serve only business jets. As for the cargo centre, it takes up a total floor space of 120,000 square feet on 50 acres of land. It is one of the largest cargo facilities in the country.
Services and Facilities
The airport has a duty free shop with a wide array of products such as wines and beer, cosmetics, perfumes, travel and fashion items, electronic items, and more. The shopping arcade offers travel accessories, traditional Kerala items, a wide variety of reading materials, and other items that travellers may need. Excellent and comfortable accommodation is available within the Cochin International Airport. There are 14 well-furnished guest rooms: suites, deluxe, standard, and sharing rooms. These rooms can be booked by passengers upon request over the telephone, or at the counters in the arrival terminals. Passengers in need of special assistance must inform their particular airline in advance. For example, those with medical conditions might need to utilize an ambulance or a wheelchair. In the cases of VIPs and VVIPs, a separate attendee will be provided to attend to the VIP and see him or her off to their flight. There are scheduled air-conditioned buses provided by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation from the airport to several parts of the city. The schedule and routes can be found at the airport's or KSRTC's websites. Pre-paid taxi service is also available from the airport to anywhere in and around Kochi.