The 5,000-square-foot Cochin Duty Free Departure Shop is located on the upper floor of the International Terminal. It carries many exclusive lines of brand-name merchandise, from gold and costume jewellery to cosmetics, tobacco products and cutting-edge electronics, with the airport striving to offer the region’s absolute lowest prices on such luxury goods.
An intelligent first purchase is a designer watch, to get you to your flight on time. Big hitters in the wrist-wear market include Versace, Pierre Cardin, Swatch, Fossil and Aviator. If it’s your eyes that need protection, opt for some signature sunglasses from Gucci, Prada, Ray Ban, Oakley, Christian Lacroix or Ted Baker.
Duty-free stores are always heaven-scented and Cochin’s is no exception. Look out for limited-edition offers on eau de cologne from D&G, Davidoff, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lancaster or Ralph Lauren. For the lady in your life, select an exotic new eau de parfum from Cacharel, Cosmopolitan, YSL, Calvin Klein, Elizabeth Arden or Givenchy.
For goods like hair straighteners, curlers or men’s electric shavers, products from BaByliss, ghd, Carmen, Remington and Philips are a steal at tax-free airport prices.
Prestigious names like Pernod Ricard and Moët Hennessy often join forces with Cochin International Airport’s souvenir shops to celebrate Onam, Kerala's largest festival (in August, September and October) with prize draws, in-store exclusives and car competitions. This makes picking up a bottle of Moët, Hennessy Whisky or Chivas Regal an even more attractive prospect than usual.
So whether you go home with a brand new car or simply happy to have explored the delights of Kerala, the warm welcome and service-with-a-smile you’ll receive at Cochin International Airport will have made your trip worthwhile.
- 4.3 million passengers in 2010
- Base for Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet and Kingfisher airlines
- Duty Free shopping at Arrivals and Departures