The Thiruvananthapuram airport, which is known as Trivandrum International airport, was the first airport in Kerala and also the first international airport to be built in a non-metro city in the country. It is located at a distance of 6 km from the city railway station. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is also known as Trivandrum. According to the statistical report, the Thiruvananthapuram airport catered to 28, 14,799 passenger and 27,239 aircraft movements from April 2011 to March 2012.
The Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum airport was established in 1932 as part of the Royal Flying Club. The airport was awarded the status of an international airport on 1st January 1991 and on 1 March 2011, the first flight operated from the new international terminal.In addition to civil operations, Trivandrum Airport also caters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Coast Guard along with Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology which carries out pilot training activities.
There are a total of 3 terminals at the Thiruvananthapuram airport out of which only 2 are operational.
Domestic Terminal– The terminal 2 at the Thiruvananthapuram serves as the domestic terminal. This terminal has the capacity of handling 500 passengers at a time. The domestic terminal has amenities including cafés, a book-seller, duty-free shopping, free local calls and phone-recharging points. Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo and Jet Airways are among the major domestic flight operators.
International Terminal– The international terminal (T3) at the Thiruvananthapuram airport has the capacity to handle 1,600 passengers at a time and offers facilities like spacious lounges, natural lighting with extensive use of glass roofing and sophisticated conveyance facilities for passengers. 3 baggage carousels and elaborate immigration facilities along with option of duty free shopping are also available. This terminal is fully air-conditioned and wi-fi facilities are available. Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Maldivian, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, SilkAir, SriLankan Airways and Tigerair are some of the international flight booking operators which offer services to Trivandrum. The newly built Terminal 3 has three additional jetways and parking bays to accommodate 8 aircraft.
The Trivandrum airport provides visa-on-arrival facility to 11 countries - Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.
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