Kannur International Airport, the fourth international airport in the Indian state of Kerala, is set to commence commercial operations from 9 December this year.

The airport is claimed to be the second greenfield airport developed in Kerala under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has granted a commercial flight operation licence to the airport to start commercial operations.

Spread across an area of 2,300 acres, the airport offers passenger amenities such as 24 check-in counters, self-checking machines, self-baggage drop counters, as well as 32 immigration counters.

The airport will feature six to seven aerobridges to enable passengers to quickly board their flights in all-weather conditions.

Once operational, the airport will handle 2,000 travellers per day. It will have an annual passenger handling capacity of 1.5 million international travellers.

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“Once operational, the airport will handle 2,000 travellers per day, with an annual passenger handling capacity of 1.5 million international travellers.”

The airport is capable of handling big aircraft, such as the Boeing-777. Nearly 20 aircraft can be simultaneously parked at the airport.

The existing length of the runway is 3,050m and it is currently being expanded to at least 4,000m.

The airport also has a parking facility covering 22,000m², which can accommodate 700 cars, 200 taxis and 25 buses.

The airport is also developing an air cargo complex spread over an area of 105,000m². It will feature modern facilities to manage all types of cargo.

Upon becoming operational, the Kannur airport will be the fourth international airport in the state, the others being in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

Construction work of the airport started in February 2014.