Headway for CIAL’s plan for becoming a regional hub; introduces more tier 2 routes

Services to Kannur, Trichy, Mysore, Tirupati

*Headway for CIAL’s plan for becoming a regional hub; introduces more tier 2  routes *

In line with the State Government's initiative to bolster air connectivity within the state and neighbouring tier 2 cities, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is pleased to announce the activation of four new routes in collaboration with Alliance Air. These routes will connect Kochi to Kannur, Mysore, Trichy, and Tirupati. As part of the preparations, CIAL has allocated an overnight parking slot at its bustling domestic apron for a new ATR flight, enabling late-night and early morning services to and from Kochi. The commencement of these routes is anticipated by the end of January.
CIAL's swift response to the State Government's plan is poised to enhance regional connectivity and provide a significant boost to the travel and tourism sector. The newly proposed routes by Alliance Air include Kochi to Kannur, Kochi to Mysore, Kochi to Trichy with an extension to Chennai, and Kochi to Mysore with a continuation to Tirupati. Building on their existing services, Alliance Air, based in Bangalore, has been successfully operating Kochi to Agatti, Kochi to Salem, and Kochi to Bangalore routes. The addition of these  routes not only expands the airport's network but also offers travelers increased choices and convenience. This is in addition to the existing regional services being operated by Indigo to Kannur and Trivandrum.
S. Suhas IAS, the Managing Director of CIAL, emphasized the company's commitment to align with the Government's strategy to enhance air connectivity to tier 2 cities. "The Chief Minister, also the chairman of the company, and the board of directors have outlined a blueprint for CIAL, emphasizing the immediate activation of new routes. These additions underscore the airport's dedication to providing passengers with diverse travel options and promote regional air travel possibilities," added Suhas IAS.
These new connections are expected to contribute significantly to the overall growth and accessibility of Cochin International Airport, positioning it as a key hub in the regional sector. As the only airport in the state and the fourth in South India to handle 10 million passengers annually, CIAL has continuously endeavoured to expand its connectivity. The ongoing winter schedule witnesses 1360 weekly services connecting more than 40 destinations in both international and domestic sectors. Additionally, the airport operator has recently launched seven mega projects, including the expansion of its international terminal, to accommodate future traffic growth.

CIASL academy gets Airport Council International’s accreditation

CIASL academy gets  Airport Council International’s accreditation

Cochin International Aviation Services Limited (CIASL) Academy, a subsidiary of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), has achieved a significant milestone by receiving accreditation from Airport Council International (ACI) as an Accredited Training Partner (ATP). The ACI had conducted a rigorous evaluation process before granting the accreditation.
During the official ceremony, P. Rajeeve, Minister of Industries, Law & Coir and Director, CIAL, has unveiled the ACI plaque/certificate of Accredited Training Partner (ATP), issued by ACI Montreal, Canada in the presence of S. Suhas, IAS, Manging Director, CIAL.
Hon’ble minister also inaugurated the state-of-the-art smart classroom constructed on global standards equipped to deliver classes to international students and host classes from outside India. The educational setting furnishes an exceptional learning experience, augmenting the global appeal of the academy.
The inauguration of the classes of the first batch of students, consisting of 42 individuals, who will be undergoing the ACI endorsed basic training program on Aviation Management was also done by the hon’ble minister. This marked the beginning of an educational journey that promises to elevate their skills in aviation management.
“I am happy to inaugurate the session and unveiling the prestigious Airport Council International (ACI) accreditation plaque at the Cochin International Aviation Services Limited (CIASL) Academy. The Academy is also now home to an International-level classroom, where students can not only receive top-notch education but also connect with peers globally. This state-of-the-art facility positions CIASL as a hub for international learning, fostering a dynamic environment for students to thrive in the aviation industry”, said minister P. Rajeeve. “As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let's look forward to a future where CIASL Academy continues to shine as a beacon of excellence in aviation education”, he added.
The students now have the opportunity to create their ACI Learning Hub accounts—an online platform that consolidates all ACI courses, program materials, and training certificates in one accessible location. This international recognition is expected to bring attention to the students and further enhance their career prospects in the global aviation industry.


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