Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the newly-constructed Kannur International Airport (KIA) on December 9.
The airport, to be operated by Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL), is the second greenfield airport to be built under public-private partnership (PPP) model in Kerala after Kochin International Airport.
According to Mr. V. Thulasidas, Managing Director of KIAL, more airlines are expected to start services to and from Kannur in January.
GoAir, Indigo, and SpiceJet are awaiting final clearance from the director general of civil aviation (DGCA). If clearance is received, GoAir is likely to operate its first service on December 9 itself. IndiGo will start services by the middle of January 2019
Mr. Thulasidas has also said that some foreign airlines have already submitted proposals to the DGCA for beginning services connecting Kannur
The inaugural flight will be Air India Express to Abu Dhabi, which will be flagged off on December 9.
The airport will have 24 check-in counters initially, which can be increased up to 48 as per requirement. The airport is provided with six passenger boarding bridges, which can also be increased in future.
The length of the runway, which is at present 3050 metres, will be soon increased to 4000 metres. Though the airport was developed with the facility to handle 2000 passengers, the present facility allows handling of more than the estimated capacity.