Kannur International Airport – Upcoming Biggest Modern Airport in India
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Kannur International Airport – Upcoming Biggest Modern Airport in India

Kannur International Airport located in Mattannur, Municipality 25 kilometers east of Kannur and Thalaserry cities. It is the fourth Internation Airport in Kerala, that is said to be utmost modern airport under construction in India. The Airport is second greenfield airport in Kerala, constructing under public-private partnership model under Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL). As of now 95% of the airport construction work has been completed and expected to be operational within September.

I’m sure you’ll be astonished to hear more about the Kannur International Airport that facilitates quick travel and visit to the Malabar region.

Kannur has a primal history of commercial aviation, with an airstrip during 1935 and TATA airlines weekly flights between Bombay and Trivandrum — stoppages at Goa and Cannanore. Land acquisition for KIAL begun in 2008 and acquisition of about 1200 acres of land was completed by August 2010  in two phases. Former Chief Minister of Kerala, V. S. Achuthanandan laid the foundation stone for the airport on 17 December 2010. It has then acquired a land of 780 acres for the third phase.

The 13% of the district population is estimated to be employed overseas which is now anticipated to increase in the coming years and enabling passengers from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayand and from Mysore to outflow to Kannur Airport.

Investments on Kannur International Airport

The Government of Kerala is the principal investor in KIAL, that owns 32.86 % of the shares. The State and Central Public Sector Undertakings have 22.54 %, Airports Authority of India have 9.39 % shares and private individuals and institutions 35.21 % of the shares. These shares are approved by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Management of Kannur International Airport

Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) is a company formed by Govt. of Kerala in 2010. The Cheif Minister of Kerala acts as the Chairman of Kannur Airpot, and the position is currently beheld by Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan. Shri. Thulasidas IAS is the Managing Director of the Airport Management. The airport is constructing as a PPP( public-private partnership) project on BOO model.

Benefits of KIAL Project

The Kannur Airport has marked the shortest distance from the Gulf Nations. The airport has allocated 10 acres of the land area each for Airforce, Navy and Coast Guard to operate. The Ezhimala Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy in Azhikkal and Kannur Cantonment will be the major beneficiary of the Kannur Airport.

The Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy and Technology are preparing to set up an Aviation Academy on two acres of land allotted for it, which will be beneficial for students in Kerala. It was reported that the Academy will be providing courses on aeronautics and flight training for the students.

There will be a helicopter manufacturing base by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in the 80 acres of land that had been allotted by the KIAL to HAL in 2014. The news reports say HAL complex will accommodate helicopter maintenance and repair, and a helicopter pilot training center along with indigenous helicopter manufacturing for export.

MRO facility

The Kannur Airport will boast an aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul unit. The facility will be working at Airport’s large maintenance terminal dedicated for MRO itself that can carter both narrow and wide-bodied aircraft.

Kannur Airport Images

Terminals of Kannur Airport

The Kannur airport is suspected to have an approx. annual traffic of 1.65 million international and 0.16 million domestic passengers in FY 2018-19, as per the Information Memorandum prepared by SBI CAPS. It has a Passenger Terminal Building of 97,000 square meters. The terminal building is 8th larget in India.

There will be 25 runways with 4000 meters in which 7 runways of length 3050 meters has been completed. The runway now capable of handling Boeing B-777 and Airbus A-330 aircraft. KIAL has 9,553 square meters of international air cargo complex on the modular format and is going to be a hub for cargo.

The Kannur Airport will be opening for both the Domestic and International Airlines, that enables journey of family, tourists, and business persons. It’ll be more than a blessing for the 4th largest city in Kerala after Kozhikode, with an overall population of the district as 2.5 million.  The tourists spots will be at reap from the airport such as Coorg, Wayanad, Bekal, and Mysore.


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