First trial flight lands at Kannur Airport

Mysuru:  Flights from Kannur International Airport in Mattanur, Kerala will begin from November and the trial runs are already taking place at the airport. The first plane, as part of the trial run, landed at the airport on Aug. 31 and it was a glitch-free landing. The first plane carried technicians from the Airport Authority of India, New Delhi. The team inspected the entire airport, landing facility and the facilities offered at the counters and also the air traffic control section. The team is expected to give clearance soon and the regular flights are scheduled to be operated from November.

The Kannur International Airport has come up on a plot of 1,900 acres atop a hill at Mookapramabu, just 32.4 km from the border town of Makutta and 58.3 kms from Virajpet, Kodagu and about 90 kms from Madikeri. Nearly 1,200 acres of land on the hilltop has been levelled and the work on the airport has been completed at a cost of Rs. 1,892 crore. Another 700 acre of land has been acquired for future expansion.

The Kannur Airport will join the elite group of airports with a 4,000-metre runway. This will be the fourth international airport to be in the same class as Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (4,430 metres), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (4,260 meters) and Bengaluru International Airport (4,120 metres)

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  • This is another disaster in the making, levelling a hill for 1900 acres of land, and with the recent rain, flood and landslide devastation how is this airport ecologycally safe is anyone guess. With landslides, roadblocks how will passengers reaching the airport be benefited, it appears kerala government lobbied for the airport but failed to foresee the risks. They played the same trick in construction of rail lines cutting forest from Nilumbur and Mysore this is on temporary halt, sooner this project will also be picked up with huge lobby. End result is destruction of environment and inviting natural disaster / calamity to end all this home run of developmental projects. Only better sense should prevail, and ensure Mysore airport is given its due consideration and expansion as the proximity and ecological benefit is higher with Mysore. Hope authorities are listening to ecologists and focus on Mysore than elsewhere.

    • This was the first thought I had when I went through the same.I am someone from Kannur and am extremely glad for this new gateway but equally frightened foreseeing the outcome.Ter s no question about the potentiality of an airport in Kannur .But the issue is will it survive the changing course of nature.

  • First, your argument is rather dumb and has no correlation to the recent natural disasters.

    Secondly, Kannur is the ideal location for an international airport of this size with huge traffic of international flights to the gulf region expected. Add to that, it's strategically located near the Indian Naval Academy and the new Indian Coast Guard academy and hence IAF & Indian Navy has reportedly taken up hangars for colocation of their flights within the airport.

    Third- Mysore, while a wonderful town for retirees is not going to serve any purpose having an international airport. There's Bangalore and Mangalore airport for you or now you can drive to Kannur International Airport and fly if the traffic to Bangalore is too much. At best, Mysore can be developed into a local/regional airport but that's already been tried and failed due to poor acceptance by general populace.

    Fourth, stop being a cry baby and learn to accept the reality of life. Kannur is on track to develop into a flight hub, strategic armed forces location and a cargo hub.

    • As expected a typical response, no point in arguing with people who successfully destroyed western ghats and are reeling under its curse now.

  • As expected a typical response, no point in arguing with people who successfully destroyed western ghats and are reeling under its curse now.

  • Why fight for petty interest. Mysuru has failed as an airport concept as mentioned and Mattanur has potentiality,so accept the fact and now improve the facilities.

    • It is quite evident that Mysore being the city of heritage and tourism spotlight of the country, it has not got the kind of support from the political side. However this does not take away the fact that Mysore needs to be given the importance it is due sooner, the potential Mysore has is much bigger.

  • It appears that the Kerala Government has overlooked the ecological aspect by going ahead with the construction of the Kannur international airport by the levelling of over 1900 acres of the hilly region.In the public interest it should appoint a committe of experts to study and confirm that it is ecologically safe for thousands of air passengers.This is essential as the people of Kerala are still reeling under the havoc due to floods and landslides pointing an accusing finger at wanton environmental degradation.

    • Absolutely, kerala government has been destroying western ghats and they have already faced the wrath of natures fury, they have kept lobbying for various different projects against the nature and if this is not stopped soon kerala will be seen only in maps. People blindly supporting this lobby need to understand that no one can stand against natures fury.

  • So far as I am concerned, Keralites can have Kannanur Airport and many more. But Kannadigas should not allow any railway line to be built to connect with Mysuru, by destroying OUR natural heritage, for the convenience of Keralites! In my opinion, we have too much influx of Keralites to Karnataka already!

  • The idea of an airport in Kannur was first conceived by a Karnataka based politician, CM Ibrahim, during Deve Gowda's tenure aa PM.

  • Kannur, also known as Cannanore is a beautiful city located in northern part of Kerala State, India. Kannur, a beach town, is the largest city in the northern region of Kerala and the administrative headquarters of Kannur district consisting of many towns and villages which includes Thalassery town (called as Thelicherry during the colonial era), the first heritage town of Kerala due to its historical significance. Kannur often was known as the “crown of Kerala” because of its natural treasures is edged by the Western Ghats in the east, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south, Lakshadeep Sea (Laccadive Sea) in the west and Kasargod in the north. Kannur is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores because of the loom industries functioning in the district and ritualistic folk arts called Theyyam held in temples. Kannur has a rich culture, history, and traditions that are often connected with many scholars and legends from this region.

    As Kerala offers many popular tourist destinations, Kannur is considered one of the best tourist spot in north Kerala. Kannur, on the other hand, is the 4th largest city after Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kochi. As per the latest survey, the total population of Kannur district is 2.5 million.

    It is estimated that currently 13% of the district population is employed overseas which is forecasted to be increased is a considerable rate in the coming years. The government of Kerala has developed the Fourth International airport at Kannur which is being built, owned and generated by Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL).

    Visit the offical website of Kannur Airport > [http://www.kannurairport.in/][1]

    [1]: http://www.kannurairport.in/