Five airlines announced new domestic and international flights from the Kannur International Airport at a meeting set up by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week.
Low-cost airline IndiGo will start operations to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Hubli and Goa, starting January 25.
It will launch a service connecting Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram by March-end. Services to Kuwait and Doha will be started in March and those to Jeddah and Dammam in two months.
GoAir representatives said the airline would start a Mascot flight. It also plans to start flights connecting Kannur with Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
The SpiceJet representatives said the airline would start services to Bangalore and Chennai.
Air India Express will start services to Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat by March. At present, Air India Express operates services to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Doha from Kannur.
In response to a request by the Chief Minister, Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola said that flight fares from Kannur would be reduced. The Chief Minister, in his opening address, had pointed out that the AI was charging exorbitant rates for flights from Kannur when compared to nearby airports.