Trivandrum Airport Plans for Expansion to Handle Growing Number of Passengers!

Trivandrum International Airport, Photo by: Giran's photography
Trivandrum International Airport, Photo by: Giran's photography

Airport authorities plan to construct a new building with more facilities for the passengers, for which the 18.53 acres will be utilized.

Growing demand from airline operators as well as passengers for more facilities, are forcing Trivandrum International Airport to acquire additional land.

Airport authorities plan to construct a new building with more facilities for the passengers, for which the 18.53 acres will be utilized. It will have more check-in counters, conveyors and aerobridges will be constructed adjacent to the existing terminal-2. The design and structure of the building will be decided by the AAI headquarters.

Around 30 to 35 flights are operated from the terminal between 3am to 6pm every day.

According to airport officials, the airport faces space constraint during morning peak hours. Around 30 to 35 flights are operated from the terminal between 3am to 6pm every day.

The current ratio of flight movement at the international and domestic terminals is 70:30. With the traffic, we have to find space for around 3,000 passengers in the peak hours.” Said airport director George G Tharakan to TOI.

Recently, the state government gave the green signal to acquire 18.53 acres to the Airport Authority of India. However, local people have started protesting against the land acquisition. It is estimated that 60 people will lose land during the acquisition process. Many families do not have title deeds and are living on government land for the past several years. Thus it will be difficult for such people to receive any compensation during land acquisition.

The domestic terminal is already saturated and there is no space to be used for adding more facilities.

The local residents have demanded to utilize the abandoned space in the domestic terminal for further development of the airport. But AAI has said that the domestic terminal is already saturated and no space remains there to be used for adding more facilities.

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