Friday, September 22, 2006

New International Terminal for TIA approved...finally!

After months and years of waiting, the Union Cabinet put the official stamp of approval on a Rs 250 Crore project to construct a New International Terminal for the Trivandrum International Airport (TIA). The 27 acres of land required for the landmark project had been handed over to the AAI over a year ago, and the project had been facing delays as it needed Union Cabinet approval due to its sheer size.

This is the largest terminal project AAI is currently taking up and will be completed in 18-21 months, in mid-2008. It will add a whopping 200,000 sft of floor space to the existing terminal facilities.

The terminal is of a modular, steel-and-glass design, which is the current choice at major airports worldwide, and has just been introduced in India at Mumbai's terminal 1B. It can be easily extended by adding more modules. It will be one of the most modern terminals in India and by far, will define the state-of-the-art in Kerala.

The initial phase on 27 acres will be capable of directly handling three wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747/777 or Airbus A-300/340/380, at one time . More aircraft can be accomodated on the extensive apron space. It will also be one of the first terminals to be equipped with a fully computerised passenger and baggage management systems.

The further development of the terminal will see a tripling of capacity to accomodate the rapidly escalating demand at TIA. AAI statistics show that the airport experienced 30-130% growth this year in terms of various parameters like aircraft, passenger and cargo movement.

TIA will handle about 2 million passengers this year and upto 2.5 million by next year. When the new terminal is commissioned, the traffic could be as high as 3 million passengers. The current terminal complex on the Beach side will thereafter exclusively handle domestic passengers. The first phase of the New Int'l Terminal can handle upto 1.5 million passengers.

The terminal building will also have extensive car parking facilities as well as all amenities on the city-side, which will be built on a BOT basis in partnership with leading developers. These could include hotels, restaurants and shopping facilities.

The Terminal will be connected to the NH-47 Bypass/IT Corridor by a bridge over the TS Canal.

The work on the Terminal building itself will be inaugrated in October by the PM. Preliminary work including the construction of the boundary wall is well advanced as of date.

With the New Terminal, Trivandrum becomes one of the first airports in India to have twin terminal complexes in line with major airports like Kuala Lampur's KLIA and Singapore's Changi. AAI will probably be operating courtsey coaches between the two, as is the case at Mumbai now.

Along with the Rs 250 Crore Terminal complex, the Union Cabinet has also approved the Rs 70 Crore Air India Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Trivandrum, which will come up next to the new Terminal. This facility which will service Boeing 737-800 series aircraft will be the biggest in Kerala and one of the very few in India. Land for the MRO has been handed over to AAI by the current GoK. Private airline, Go-Air and Singapore Airlines Ground Services will also jointly offer repair and maintenance services at Trivandrum airport soon.


  1. feeling excited after reading abt the developments. hope tvm will be the best city in india with all these and also the vizhinjam trans-shipment project.


  2. good 2 hear +'ve thgs about TIA nowadays. but surely is'nt this 2 little 2 late?
    TIA seems 2 have grown up in leaps and bounds yet facilities are threadbare.
    a terminal to cater for passengers in '000s instead of '000s.
    if i recall correctly, international flights started from tvm way back in '77 and @ one time there used 2 b more flights operated by AI 4m tvm than chennai [used to be madras].
    now almost 30 yrs ltr is this the best the planners have come up with?
    still something is better than nothing!

  3. Good to see lots and lots of develpement coming to Trivandrum International Airport. Its one of the oldest airports in India and the new design looks fabulous.

  4. I think the modular design will be good to cater to future expansion.
    The airport terminal work has been in backlog for so many years. Let us hope it starts and get completed according to the plans.


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