Cochin International Airport Ltd.
Cochin International Airport is a state Government sponsored Project with public participation mostly from Non Resident Indians (NRI's) of Kerala from all over the world. There are over 10, 000 share holders from 29 countries who have invested in the project with a hope to reduce travel cost and time apart from inconveniences. This project of new airport for Cochin envisaged to overcome the operational shortcoming of the then existing Naval Airport, which was the only alternative to meet the growing needs of NRI traveller's, tourists, trade and commerce. At a meeting held in October 1991, with representatives from Government of Kerala, National Airport Authority, GCDA, Navy, Railways, Cochin Port Trust etc., it was decided to pursue the project for construction of new Airport near Cochin instead of expansion of existing Naval Airport.
The site selected by state Government officials was inspected and found suitable by Airport Authority of India.
The ministry of Civil Aviation accorded its clearance to the proposal put up by the Govt. of Kerala in March 1993 , for developing a new airport of International standards.
The new International Airport at Nedumbassery, 25 KMS North East of Cochin is flanked by National Highway 47 and the main Railway line to its left and MC road to Trivandrum to its right. The Airport has been constructed covering an area of 1200 Acres.The project was completed at a cost of RS.303 Crores under the leadership of Mr. V. J. Kurian IAS.
The Airport was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble President of India on 25th, May 1999 and the first Inaugural flight of Air India took off on 10th June 1999. The Air India Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 landed on Kerala soil on 21st June 1999. The Domestic Operation from naval Airport was shifted on 1st July, 1999.