Trivandrum International Airport is one of the three international airports in Kerala. Since a large number of people from Kerala are working in the Gulf, most of the international flights flying from Trivandrum International Airport cater to the Gulf region. With the emergence of Kerala as a hot tourist destination, Thiruvananthapuram Airport is also handling a large number of foreign tourists. It has daily flights to many international cities, like Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore, Male, Colombo, Sharjah, Muscat, Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. The airport is a convenient connecting point to neighboring SAARC nations, like Sri Lanka and Maldives, as well as Middle East and South East Asian countries.
Trivandrum Airport was established as a part of the Kerala Flying Club, in the year 1932. Its international operations were launched by Air India, to Middle Eastern cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha, Kuwait City, Bahrain, and Dahran, during the latter half of the 1970s & early 1980s. It became an international airport after its up-gradation in 1991. With this, Thiruvananthapuram Airport became the first international airport in India to be located outside metropolitan cities.
Trivandrum International Airport has two terminals - Terminal 1 & 2. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights and terminal 2 serves international flights. The international terminal has two gates. It has basic amenities like cafes, a book shop and an executive lounge, run by Muthoot Plaza. A cyber café is also available to access the internet, for a fee.
A third terminal for Trivandrum Airport is being worked on, since 2006, to share the increasing load of international passengers. It is being constructed on the city side, by the Airports Authority of India. Modern facilities, such as escalators, elevators and aerobridges, will be provided for the passengers. A Common Users Terminal Equipment (CUTE) will also be installed, to allow the passengers to check-in at any counter. The entrance to the terminal will be from the Chaka-Eenchakkal Road. The new terminal, with an annual handling capacity of 13.3 lakh, is expected to open by January 2010.