New Zealand PM John Key visits Cochin airport

Friday, Oct 28, 2016,13:28 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Friday made a brief stopover at the Cochin International Airport near here and inspected various facilities, including hi-tech security systems installed by a company from his country.

Key and a delegation accompanying him inspected the baggage handling system and integrated inline Explosive Detection System installed at the new international terminal by New Zealand Company Glidepath.

The company had secured a contract, close to USD 22 million.

Key, who walked around the new international terminal, hailed the construction of the new airport and global standard technology being installed there to facilitate the comfortable journey.

Addressing the mediapersons, Key, on a four-day visit to India ending today, recalled his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighted the ‘growing’ ties between India and New Zealand.

He said companies in New Zeland offered sophisticated engineering solutions. He also spoke about the pilot training institute and other academic institutions in his country.

Earlier, the 81-member New Zealand delegation headed by Key was given a warm welcome at the airport by top Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) officials including Additional Chief Secretary and airport managing director, V J Kurien and Airport Director A C K Nair, Executive Director A M Basheer and Ernakulam District Collector Y Safarulla.

Key later left for Indonesia from here.