KOCHI: Kochi Airport Manager ACK Nair will retire on Tuesday after 22 years of service with the Cochin International Airport Authority (CIAL). His 18-year tenure as airport manager marks a record in the country for anyone in that position. Having joined CIAL in 2000, he has been director of Kochi airport since 2004.
Nair has played a significant role in the modernization of the airport, pivoting several projects. Over the years, they have set new benchmarks in airport operations, including the installation of an integrated airport management system, an innovative power distribution system and India’s first baggage screening system based on computed tomography. His leadership has helped make Kochi Airport one of the best in the country and in doing so has helped airport management find new sources of revenue.
A BTech graduate from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, Nair was a CIAL delegate in 1996 while working as Regional Head of Electrical Division of Airports Authority of India. CIAL was then in its formative years and was struggling to build an airport. His technical knowledge and leadership qualities enabled CIAL to overcome many technical challenges during the first years of the project.
Upon completion of the project, he decided to continue with Kochi Airport and later took over as Deputy General Manager of Electricity in 2000. He earned an MBA during his service and also held the position of Asia- Pacific of Airport Council International, an international forum for airport operators, for six years. As well as being the airport manager, Nair has been in charge of the electrical, IT, cargo, fire and security wings, and was also the managing director of Cochin International Aviation Services Limited.