Seven mega projects were inaugurated at the Cochin International Airport on October 2, 2023. The event saw the launch of operations of the import cargo terminal, DigiYatra software, and the Airport Emergency Services. Further, projects for the first expansion phase of terminal 3, an intrusion detection system, the ‘0484’ luxury aero lounge, and golf resorts were also launched. The terminal expansion aims to cater to the growth in the aviation sector in the country. The number of parking bays is set to increase to 44 with the eight new aero-bridges. The lounge, with an area of 50,000 sq ft is likely to be the largest in the country once fully operational and would be equipped with various amenities including guest rooms, gym, etc. The annual cargo handling capacity of the import cargo terminal would be increased to 200,000 metric tonnes.