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Trivandrum Airport Celebrates 75 Years

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A NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL

By Gp Capt Devinder C Mehta, Advisor (MR), AAI

One of the most technologically and architecturally advanced terminals of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in non-metro cities, the new International terminal in Trivandrum, will be one of the few airports in the world and the first in the country to become a multi-modal transport hub - with all four modes of transport Ė air, rail, road and inland waterways.

Thiruvananthapuram, earlier known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala (Godís own country) - the southernmost state of India. Mahatma Gandhi had once described Trivandrum as the "Evergreen city of India", a city defined by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills, busy commercial alleys and the world renowned beach of Kovalam. Trivandrum Airport came into existence 75 years ago - in 1935. But the first international flight operated from here more than four decades later in December, 1977. It was on January 1, 1991 that Trivandrum airport was declared an international airport. Today, 20 years later, Trivandrum airport handles more international flights than domestic, and in February this year the Prime Minister of India, inaugurated its new state-of-the-art international terminal.

 

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