Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday inaugurated what the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has claimed to be the country's biggest business jet terminal.
According to CIAL, it is now only the fourth airport in India with a dedicated terminal for business jets. The terminal is expected to provide customised services to charter and private jets.
“This terminal stands unique as it is India’s first Charter Gateway. This one-of-a-kind terminal integrates tourism, international summits, business conferences and the movement of high net worth individuals, also accentuates the idea of cost-effectiveness in the development of an elegant airport terminal,” CIAL said in a release.
Spread in 40,000 sq ft, the business jet terminal will cater to international and domestic business jet operations with a ‘safe house’ facility for security-exempted personages, CIAL informed.
Besides, it comprises an exclusive private car parking space, drive-in porch, a grand lobby, five opulent lounges, a business centre, duty free shop, foreign exchange counter and high-end video conferencing room. “Upgradation and modernisation of transport systems are indispensable for industrial development in Kerala,” said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan after inaugurating the terminal.
“The kind of industrial progress we envisage is only possible through simultaneous advancements in all sectors like road, rail, water and air transport. The state government is moving ahead with strategies and plans to elevate these four areas.”