Kerala’s fourth International airport, Kannur International Airport, near Mattannur in Kannur district would be inaugurated on December 9.
The date for inauguration was fixed as the Director General of Civil Aviation has accorded commercial flight operation licence to the airport, a release from the office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday. Kannur International Airport, It is only 20 km away from Kannur city which lies on the northern part of Kerala, is the second greenfield airport set up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The airport, built at a cost of Rs 2,292 crore and spread over 2,300 acres, would have 24 check-in counters, self-baggage drop counters, self-checking machines and 32 immigration counters. Work on seven aerobridges has been completed and the airport has arrangements to facilitate landing of big aircraft like Boeing-777. It has space to park 20 aircraft at a time.
The airport built in an area of 2,300 acres has all modern passenger amenities.At present the length of the runway is 3,050 metres and work to extend the length of the runway to 4,000 metres had already began, it was stated.
The Kannur airport will be the fourth international airport in the state, the others being in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Kannur airport is the second to be built under PPP route after Nedumbassery International Airport at Kochi. (PenNews with input from UNI)