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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Flight trial operations of Kannur airport from Jan next

Kannur: Flight trial operations of the Kannur International Airport, built at a cost of Rs 1,892 crore, will commence in January next year, in preparation for the launch of commercial operations in September 2018, a top official said today.

“A trial flight is expected from Delhi to caliberate the radar system. We have requested them to conduct the operations in early January,” Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) Managing Director, P Bala Kiran, said.

Once operational, this will be the fourth international airport in Kerala after the ones at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

The works on both airside and city side of the airport which has come up on a sprawling 2,092 acres in Mattanur, is almost complete and by February 2018 all the works are expected to be completed, he said.

The airport with a runway of 3,050 metres can operate Boeing B-777s and Airbus A-330s.

There are plans to increase the runway length to 4000m in two years time, Bala Kiran told PTI.

Another 260 acres would be acquired for increasing the runway length, he said adding the survey for the same has been completed and notices for land acquisition have to be issued.

The orientation of the runway permits an obstacle-free approach.

The airport’s apron has parking bay and can accommodate 20 Boeing-737s and several smaller aircraft at a time.
To Read the News in Full 23/12/17 PTI/
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