Military aircraft can now use civilian airport in Kochi

Military aircraft can now use the Cochin International Airport for take-off and landing in accordance with an MoU that was signed with the Indian Navy, defence officials said on Tuesday.

The MoU was signed between the Navy and Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which operates the civilian airport, on August 8. The civilian airport is located at Nedumbassery, around 25 km from Kochi.

According to the Indian Navy officials, the runway at INS Garuda, a Naval air station located in Kochi, is not large enough for take-off and landing of long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft like the Boeing P8I.

“The runway at the Navy air base could only allow for the take-off and landing of smaller aircraft like C-130, C-70, AN-32 and the Dornier. Read More

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