CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited) Terminal 3 was inaugurated in February 2016. The project was completed in record time of two years and at much lower cost compared to other such modern airport terminals in the country. The new T3 spread over 15 lakh sqft is built at an expense of about `1000 crore, with serviced rendered by over 30 agencies. The new terminal has been constructed with all possible modern facilities. It can live up to the challenges and requirements that aviation industry can throw up for the next 25 years.
CIAL’s services would also be used to establish eight helipads in different parts of Kerala. CIAL has already started the work of eight small hydel projects along with increasing the capacity of the existing solar power plants.
Last year, CIAL scaled another landmark in history by becoming the world’s first ever airport to be fully powered by solar energy. The airport is currently power neutral, which means it does not consume any power from the State Power Grid. On the other hand, more than 46,000 solar panels installed by CIAL are generating more power than it requires every day and supplying the excess energy to the power grid.