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Wednesday, 29 August, 2018, 15 : 10 PM [IST]

Kochi airport reopens after 15 days

As per the Express News Desk report, Kochi airport, which had been rendered non-functional since August 14 due to flooding and torrential rains in Kerala, reopened around 2 pm today. Indigo flight 667 from Ahmadabad to Kochi, was the first flight in two weeks to land at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL). A number of 33 flights are scheduled to arrive and 30 others are scheduled to depart from the airport on Wednesday. The number includes both domestic and international flights.

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 INR 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.
 
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