Kochi international airport, which had been rendered non-functional since August 14 due to flooding and torrential rains in Kerala, is all set to be reopened today at 2 pm. The first flight which will land at 2:05 pm will be a Pune-Bangalore-Kochi IndiGo flight.
Due to flooding of key areas of the aerodrome such as runway, taxiway, parking bays and apron, the Kochi airport has lost almost 2,600 meters of the perimeter wall. The airport suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crore due to floods.
The airport was scheduled to commence operations on August 26, but extended the date by three days after most stakeholders, including airlines and ground handling agencies, expressed concern over mobilising manpower by that date. Private carriers Jet Airways and Indigo announced said they will restart services to Kochi airport from Wednesday.
The seventh-largest in the country, in terms of passenger traffic, the Kochi airport sees almost 55 per cent of its traffic from international passengers. Following the closure of the airport, some of the airlines have moved their Kochi operations to nearby airports such as Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, while some of them have started operating to the naval air base in the city.