The success of CIAL, why not IT Parks !IL&FS recently [in May '05] conducted a preliminary study for Cochin International Airport to launch a low-cost airline - both domestic and international operations, using Kochi airport as a hub.
It seems this is the first initiative by any major airport operator to run an airline. They even have another initiative to start an aircraft maintenance company. They are planning to get investments from the large base of Indians, of which a vast majority are Keralites who work for aircraft maintenance co's in the Gulf and South-East Asia.
The reason for posting this here is that CIAL project became a success, after facing so many hurdles in the inception stages. The land aquired was in the region of 1,300 Acres. In six years the airport has handled over one-million international and 700K domestic passengers. This achievement is something to be proud of.
Where are the "Hamuk's", who had opposed the project ..... It seems their negative remarks where similar to "Bags of Salt" stored in a swimming pool. Well, We need someone like the charismatic leader, Mr Karuna..... to take up "far-sighted" initiatives ....