Cochin Airport is also known as Nedumbassery Airport.Cochin is quite a small clean well organised airport compared to many in this region of India with some 3 million passengers passing through it each year. The airport is privately owned with much of the revenue being ploughed back into the airport to improve services, although it is also profitable and a great source of pride to many Keralites. As with many Indian airports there is a separate domestic and international terminal although unlike Mumbai they are bang next to each other.Cochin Airport is about 35km from the city center and will cost around Rs 800 ($15) for an air conditioned taxi from Ernakulam. KarmaKerala meets our visitors at the airport after passing through customs and accompanies them to their first stop/hotel.
Cochin Airport in Kerala is India's first aviation venture owned by public. Cochin International Airport is the first International Airport in the country outside the ambit of the Government of India. Cochin Airport, mooted in 1993, was executed with massive public participation in a record time. Cochin International Airport is a state Government sponsored Project with public participation mostly from Non Resident Indians (NRIs) of Kerala from all over the world. The airport is owned by Cochin International Airport Limited, a public limited company in which the Kerala government has the single largest stake. CIAL is managed by a board of directors comprising political leaders, industrialists, NRIs and representatives of financial institutions. Besides the Kerala government, CIAL's shareholders include the Federal Bank, State Bank of Travancore, Bharat Petroleum, Air-India, Housing and Urban Development Corporation and nearly 10,000 Non Resident Indians from 30 countries. Cochin Airport is built on a 1300-acre plot and has India's second longest runway (3400 metres). Its parking space can accommodate some 1,500 cars. Kochi Airport's domestic terminal has 100,000 square feet of built-in area and the international terminal occupies 140,000 square feet. The airport has been constructed to enable any type of wide-bodied aircraft to land with state of the art facilities.
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