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Kochi to be the first intnl airport sans landing fee: MD

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Kochi, Feb 22 (UNI) The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is poised to earn international attention with the withdrawal of landing fee by 2012, its Managing Director V J Kurien said today.

Inaugurating a three-day 'India Duty Free Workshop-2006' here, he said the company plans to achieve this by optimum commercial utilisation of the land in its possession and by other non-aeronautical avenues.

Plans to float its own airline 'Air Kerala' was also gaining Momentum as the company will be formed within a fortnight, Mr Kurien asserted.

Duty free shopping, he said had become synonmous with the people of Kerala whose two million population having become non-residents working abroad.

The Duty Free Shop at the Kochi airport, started in 2002, with a modest revenue of 2,000 USD per day, had now reached a daily sale of 17,000 USD, Mr Kurien said.

Air travel in the country was becoming more popular with various airlines introducing low cost flights, making 'air travel for all' a dream come true, he explained.

About 150 delegates from all over the world, including duty free operators, product suppliers, manufacturers, airlines, airport operators, consultants and international duty free media taking part in the workshop organised by Alpha Kreol.

UNI XR CR SB RN1818

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