KITCO has raised the bench mark in aviation development through its pioneering role in the implementation of CIAL, which proved that not only an airport can be set up in a cost effective manner but it can also chalk out avenues to supplement its aviation revenues through city side development projects. KITCO has shown the way for a viable model for setting up an airport through this two-pronged strategy.
The journey towards this milestone achievement started with KITCO’s nomination to undertake a detailed study on the technical and financial feasibility of a green field Airport with the participation of the public. And that study formed the cornerstone for Public Private Participation (PPP model) for airport development in India.
Impressed by its report, KITCO was also chosen for designing the airport in a cost effective manner encompassing all essential elements of the airport. KITCO approached the design keeping in mind the common man as the end user with enhanced focus on straight flow operations. The design was widely recognized for its simplicity.
KITCO further boosted its reputation by designing and implementing the Cochin International Airport in a record time of 30 months. The revenues generated from the airport matched with the projections made in the detailed project report thus certifying KITCO’s clinical precision in undertaking studies.
The enviable success of Cochin International Airport helped the aviation division to bag a number of assignments from within the country and abroad since then. The comprehensive study of Electrical Systems at King Abdul Aziz International Airport at Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and design of the New Terminal Building and ATC Tower at Qarn Alam Airport, Sultanate of Oman are some of the projects undertaken by the aviation Division.
Key project under execution and undertaken
Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), Kerala
- CIAL is India’s first greenfield airport built under Public Private Participation (PPP) and proves the capability of KITCO to undertake big and small airport projects from concept to commissioning.
- The project was executed at a low overall cost of Rs 300 cr (US$ 67 Mn) and executed with a shorter time span of 30 months with no working day lost due to labour unrest.
- The project and its execution became a case study for Harvard University
- Modular design based on global standards helped in expansion of the airport in stages. In 5 years, it became the fourth largest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.
- It was also rated the second best after Auckland Airport for profitability-turnover ratio.
- Subsequently, KITCO successfully provided consultancy services for the ambitious expansion programme of CIAL which included the expansion of the International Terminal – T3, building with a built up area of 15 lakh sq.ft.
Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), Kerala
- Kannur International Airport is the second greenfield airport to be set up in Kerala in PPP mode.
- The project is scheduled for completion in September 2018
- Airport to come up in 2000 acres of land in Moorkhanparambu area and expected to have an annual traffic of more than one million international passengers and 0.3 mn domestic passengers.
- The orientation of the runway is 07/25 which permits obstacle free approach.
King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah
- Technical evaluation and survey of electrical installation at King Abdul Aziz International Airport at Jeddah were done by KITCO.
- The scope of work, in general, was to study the entire electrical installations of the Airport, monitor its present condition and suggest the replacement that are required to make the systems updated and perfect for its futuristic operations.
Salalah International Airport, Sultanate of Oman
- KITCO has been awarded with pretender activities for estimation and preliminary design for the development of Salalah International Airport, for Ministry of Transport and Communication, Sultanate of Oman. KITCO has made a strategic alliance with a well reputed global firm in Oman for bidding this work. The post tender activities including detailed design and development of drawings for construction will also be awarded upon obtaining this bid.
Vishakapatanam Airport, Andhra Pradesh
- Vishakapatanam Airport is the second busiest airport in Andhra Pradesh set up in the port city and industrial center of Vizag. A new Integrated Terminal Building Complex capable of handling 400 domestic (200 arrivals and 200 departures) and 300 international passengers (150 incoming + 150 outgoing) is being constructed by Airports Authority of India (AAI).
- KITCO is providing technical consultancy for the new terminal building designed as a two- level complex housing both domestic and international arrivals and departures with provision for passenger boarding bridges in the first floor.
- The terminal building that has been designed for large span structural grid with high ceiling and connected areas have been provided with facilities as listed below.
Ahmedabad International Airport
The expansion of Ahmedabad International Airport was undertaken by KITCO to handle 800 passengers at a time in the domestic arrival block. The building was design with the most modern facilities as per requirements of Airports Authority of India.
Aurangabad Airport, Maharashtra
- Aurangabad Airport has helped attract more tourists to the heritage sites in the region especially the Ajantha & Ellora caves.
- KITCO was entrusted with the work of master planning & design of a new integrated passenger terminal for the Airport with a capacity of 450 incoming and 450 outgoing passengers.
GAGAN Project, Bangalore, Karnataka
This was a unique project undertaken by KITCO for Airports Authority of India, New Delhi, involving construction of buildings to house a satellite- based augmentation system for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) constructed at Bangalore Airport.
Pantnagar Airport, Uttarkhand
KITCO was engaged to prepare the master plan & design of the new passenger terminal for Pant Nagar Airport which boarders Nepal and the Himalayas mainly aiming at the development of the new State through pilgrim tourism. The terminal is being designed to handle 50 incoming and 50 outgoing passengers. The work is under progress.
Hanger & Associated Facilities At IGRUA, Uttar Pradesh
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) at Rai Barelli, Uttar Pradesh is an aviation training centre owned by Government of India. Expansion of the facilities at this centre was entrusted to KITCO by Airports Authority of India. The work is now under progress.