The world's first solar-powered airport, Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India, has commissioned a new Rs10bn ($146.1m) international terminal, T3, to enhance airport capacity.
The new 15,00,000ft2 terminal will accomodate 4,000 travellers, and be equipped to handle 13-15 airplanes through aerobridges during peak hours.
After a 24-month construction period, it is expected to be completely operational and serving commercial planes from 25 May.
The T3 will have 112 check-in counters, 100 immigration counters, 19 boarding gates, in-line baggage screening facilities, 15 aero bridges, six baggage conveyor belts, and a covered boarding area.
The new terminal will also feature a 50,000ft2 duty-free shop, a parking bay, an upgraded airfield ground lighting system, a taxi-link to the terminal's first floor, a new X-ray-baggage screening system, and flyovers towards the terminal and its exit.
Following the commissioning, the existing domestic terminal will be moved to the old international terminal, where it will serve chartered flights for business purposes.
In a separate development, the state government awarded Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) the construction project for the air strip at Bekal, Kerala.
The Cochin International Airport Limited's services would also be used to establish eight helipads in different parts of Kerala, India.
The fourth international airport at Kannur, Kerala, will open next September.