- The project was first proposed by former airport director V N Chandran
- The airport is close to the Arabian sea, inland waterways, railway line and national highway.
- Connectivity to the railway line, a cruise terminal at Shanghumugham and other components are proposed as part of the multi-modal hub
The Airports Authority of India has decided to go ahead with the aeropolis multi-modal hub project, which has been gathering dust for many years. The project will be completed in a phased manner.
The multi-modal hub is a key connectivity infrastructure. With this Thiruvananthapuram airport can be integrated with Parvathy Puthanar inland waterway, proposed light metro and railways. The airport already has direct access to national highway, Airport Director George Tharakan said.
Former airport director V N Chandran had mooted the project and initial proposal involved the development of airport as a hub of various transportation modes and aviation industries with the support of Brahmos, VSSC, Air India hanger and Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport enjoys the geographical advantage of being close to the Arabian sea, inland waterways, railway line and national highway. Further, the airport is also lying close to the heart of the city.
"Facilitating serviceability at Kovalam-Veli stretch of Parvathy Puthanar will attract more tourists, said Tharakan who brought the long-forgotten project to the attention of government. Connectivity to the railway line, a cruise terminal at Shanghumugham and other components are proposed as part of the multi-modal hub. A feasibility study was conducted in 2014 and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, which undertook the study, has submitted a report for consideration by the government.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:46 PM IST