Earlier last week itself, Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) MD, V. Thulasidas confirmed December 9 as the launch date after it received the approval from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
New Delhi: Kerala is all set to begin the operations on its all new fourth international airport at Kannur. Earlier last week itself, Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) MD, V. Thulasidas confirmed December 9 as the launch date after it received the approval from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). According to an IANS report, Kannur International Airport authorities have been pushing their best of the efforts in order to facilitate commercial operations as soon as possible. The AAI (Airports Authority of India) will be deciding the same.
10-point cheat sheet about Kerala’s fourth airport
On Thursday, October 4, DGCA granted the final approval to KIAL for airport’s opening.
Six domestic and 11 international airline companies have agreed to fly into KIAL.
Following the commencement of KIAL, Kerala will be the only Indian state with four international airports, others are at Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.
KIAL is jointly owned by a number of shareholders. Airports Authority of India holds 10 per cent stake, Kerala government has 35 per cent stake, 25 per cent is with PSUs and 30 per cent is held by banks, individual shareholders and cooperatives.
KIAL’s security operations will be taken care by the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force).
KIAL will have 32 immigration counters and 24 check-ins.
KIAL is spread over 2,000 acres of land and initially there will be a runway of 3,050 metres.
The runway will be elongated to to 3,400 metres in about 18 months and to 4,000 metres, finally.
About 2,000 passengers can be accommodated at KIAL at a time and on an annual basis, KIAL is expected to serve nearly 1,5 million international passengers, IANS reported citing unnamed studies.
On September 20, first trial operations were tested at the airport followed by a repeat rehearsal a day later while in February 2016, an IAF (Indian Air Force) aircraft landed at the airport.