Trivandrum International Airport is the first airport in the state of Kerala. Trivandrum is the gateway to Kerala, especially for the foreign tourists. There are many cheap flights to Trivnadrum from Indian metros and the cities of Middle East.
Trivandrum international airport is an all weather airport. It is the 8th busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic. In terms overall passenger traffic it is the 10th busiest airport.
History of the Airport
Trivandrum airport was established in 1932. It was a part of Royal Flying Club under the blessing of Travancore Royal Family.
The airport started its operation in 1935. In 1938 Royal Government of Travancore acquired a private aircraft for Maharaja. In the same year Royal Indian Air Force placed its 1st squadron for the protection of state from the ariel attacks.
Domestic terminal - T1 has been constructed after independence. Then the airport was used for handling domestic flights.
In the latter half of 80s Air India has initiated the international operations to several cities in the Middle East.
The airport was upgraded to an international airport in 1991. It is the first international airport in India located outside the metro cities.
Location of the Airport
Trivandrum international airport is located in the west side of the city limits. It is parallel to the Shanghumugham beach.
The airport is just four km from the city centre. Kovalam beach is 16 km south of the airport. Technopark lies 10 km to the north.
Terminals of Trivandrum International Airport
After the construction of the new terminal, there are three terminals in the Trivandrum airport. Terminals 1 and 2 serve the domestic flights. The new terminal 3 serves international flights.
The new international terminal is fully air-conditioned with Wi-Fi facility. It has spacious lounges, natural lighting and better conveyance facilities for the passengers.
Airlines and Destinations
Trivandrum international airport has direct flights from the Indian metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore.
The airlines that operate domestic flights are Air India, Air India Express, Kingfisher Airlines, IndiGo and Jet Airways.
Trivandrum airport has more international flights than domestic flights. Most of the international flights are from the Middle East cities. There are hundreds of thousands of Keralites working in the Gulf.
Anyone who is coming from Europe and other places in North Atlantic region can reach Trivandrum in just one change over. Fly to any major city in the Middle East and from there you can catch a flight to Trivandrum.
The Sri Lankan Airlines is flying from Colombo to Trivandrum. So any one coming from west or east, Colombo is a good connecting point.
Another international city which is directly connected to Trivandrum is Singapore. Singapore is hub for the people from the South East, Far East, Australia, New Zealand and North Pacific to reach Kerala.
The Middle East cities which has direct flight from Trivandrum are Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Salalah, Dammam and Riyadh.
Other international cities which are connected to Trivandrum are Mal'e in Maldives, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Singapore.
The airlines which operate international flights are Air Arabia, Air India, Air India Express, Emirates, Ethihad Airways, Jet Airways, Kuwait Airways, Maldivian, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Sri Lankan Airlines and Silk Air (Singapore Airlines).
Trivandrum international airport has basic facilities like restaurants, snack bar, duty free shops and rest rooms. International terminal has Wi-Fi connectivity.
Check in, Customs and Immigration
The international terminal has 30 check-in counters and 18 migration and customs counters.
City buses run quite often between city and the airport. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are easily available outside the terminals.
There are special pre-paid taxi counters in the terminals. All the terminals have various information desks where travellers can seek help for their needs.
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