Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Inaugurates Kannur International Airport, State Gets Its 4th Int. Airport

| December 9 , 2018 , 18:21 IST

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday commenced the opening ceremony of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) and flagged off first commercial aircraft.

The Chief Minister took to his Twitter account and wrote: "Kannur Takes Off!".

It is learnt that Kerala has now has an equal number of international airports(i.e. four) as Tamil Nadu. The airport is built at an estimated cost of Rs 2350 crore and is expected to boost economy and tourism in the Malabar region of North Kerala.

All the 180 passengers of the inaugural Air India Express flight to Abu Dhabi, received a gift each from KIAL.

The rest three airports in the state Kerala are in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. This is the fourth international airport in the state.

In his Facebook post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "The airport will change the fortune of northern Kerala. It is spread across 2,300 acres and has a runway length of 3,050 metre, which will be extended to 4,000 metre."

"Connectivity and mobility are vital for inclusive development. The admirable progress Kerala has made in human development is because of this focus on inclusivity."

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With the inauguration of Kannur airport, Kerala is setting new standards in connectivity. Among Indian states, Kerala now has the highest density of international airports, he said, adding, "All district HQs are now within three hours of drive from an international airport. Almost all towns in state are within four hours of drive from an international airport."

Initially, Air India Express will operate international services to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Sharjah from Kannur while Go Air will operate domestic flights from the new airport.

"Kannur International Airport was conceived with a very good model of development where State Govt, Central Govt(PSU) and Private Sector joining hands to create a world-class infrastructure. This airport is in a way is a gateway to the future progress of Kerala," Prabhu tweeted.