Monday, June 28, 2010

Airport terminal take-off on July 14

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: International flight operations from the Rs.300-crore terminal complex of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport will commence from August 1.

The three-storey terminal building, which faces the Parvathy Puthanar on the Chakka side, will be commissioned on July 14 by Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will be the chief guest at the function. �We need at least two weeks to commence the flight operations from the new terminal once it is commissioned, a top Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said.

Four parking bays, constructed at a cost of Rs.14.5 crore, have been integrated with the existing 3,398-metre-long runway.

With this, the aircraft can now reach the new terminal building on the city side. The domestic flight operations will be from the old terminal for the time being.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel was scheduled to commission the terminal on May 20.

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