visit to T3 Terminal
On 10thof February we the students of SPEEDWINGS AVIATION ACADEMY visited the new t3 terminal of COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Cochin international airport is gearing up to take new challenges in passenger traffic growth as its dream project is about to set in. The new terminal welcomed us with its massive view.
The foundation stone for T3 terminal, with a built area of 15 lakh square feet, was laid on February 1,2014. The T3 terminal showcases Kerala’s unique temple architecture. The T3 terminal is of two level, Arrival in the ground and departure in the first level. Passengers can reach the departure lounge directly through the flyover. The second floor is envisaged for aero bridge connectivity, where arrival passengers will reach immediately from the flights. Customs and immigration counters function here. The passengers can then avail the facilities of a duty-free shop spread over 50,000 square feet.
The departure hall welcomes us with an ambience of the Thrissur pooram. We feel like arriving to the backdrop of a shower of festoons and the accompaniment of Chendamelam that spices up the Thrissur pooram in aninternational airport terminal. Fifteen elephants made in fibre have been put in place at t3 to provide the pooram ambience to passengers.
The new T3 terminal has 84 Check-in counters in a wide spread area. After the check-in procedures then we proceed to the emigration counters, there are 40 emigration counters, which are helpful to the passengers. Next security check-in, the t3 terminal have the most advanced baggage screening facility in the country with CTX(computed tomography technology)machines, which will scan baggage from multiple angles, it helps the security officials to get a complete view of the baggage.
The COCHIN DUTY FREE is another attraction of the t3 terminal. The duty free shop is spread over 50,000 square feet, where the passenger gets the feel of a shopping mall. There were many small shops such as Navya bakers, swiss watches, etc. Then comes waiting area for the departing passengers, this area consists of toilets, prayer rooms, help desks, feeding room, federal bank currency exchange area, etc. There were 10 aero bridges installed. It is a Finger pier concept to handle 13-15 aircrafts through aerobridges during peak operation.
After seeing the departure hall, we came down to the 1st floor there we saw baggage claim area, transfer desk, visa on arrival, immigration. When we came to this floor we could clearly see the aerobridge and it was also under construction.The arrival walkway was long enough. There was walking conveyer belts in the walkway.
Then we came down to the ground floor that is the arrival hall. In arrivals, there is COCHIN DUTY FREE. Opposite to this we can see the conveyor belts where the passengers can collect theirbaggage. There are five conveyor belts and they are long enough so that passengers can easily collect their baggage.
After this we came out of the terminal, to a wonderful orchard of blooming violet orchid, a pool with lily atoned with pebbles. It was the wonderful experience that we had inside the new T3 terminal. Being a Keralite, it was a proud moment that we own the third largest airport terminal in India. It was a good opportunity that we had and we are extremely thankful to our academy for providing us one.