Indian State to Begin New Greenfield Airport Project

27 June 2010 (Last Updated June 27th, 2010 18:30)

The Indian state of Kerala will begin work on a new greenfield international airport at a cost of Rs10,000m ($216m) at Kannur on 1 November 2010. The new airport will be able to handle 1,500,000 passengers and 86,000t of cargo a year, and include a 12,000ft runway, the longest in the stat

The Indian state of Kerala will begin work on a new greenfield international airport at a cost of Rs10,000m ($216m) at Kannur on 1 November 2010.

The new airport will be able to handle 1,500,000 passengers and 86,000t of cargo a year, and include a 12,000ft runway, the longest in the state, according to the Times of India.

It will be developed on a public-private participation (PPP) model and hold 26% shares from the government, 23% from public sector, 2% from government-controlled institutions and 49% from the cooperative sector.

State Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan said 916 acres of land had already been acquired for the project and another 368 acres would be acquired before 15 July.