Saturday, September 16, 2017

Demand for airport at Thiruvambady hots up

Kozhikode: The Malabar Development Council (MDC) and the Malabar International Airport Committee (MIAC) are stepping up efforts to secure approval for a new airport at Thiruvambady in Kozhikode district.

MDC president and MIAC chief coordinator C.E. Chakkunny said the functionaries would meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when he visits the city on Saturday. “We had submitted a memorandum to him earlier in Thiruvananthapuram, appealing for a Cabinet approval and constitution of a committee under the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) to look into the proposal,” he added.

For the record, the State government had given its nod for the Sabarimala greenfield international airport near Erumeli in Kottayam district.

A new airport in Kozhikode is needed, as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have banned the operation of wide-bodied aircraft at the Calicut international airport, he said.

According to Mr. Chakkunny, land for the greenfield airport has been identified in 2,165 acres of estate at Thiruvambady. The facility will hugely benefit people from Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts. It will be of help for those residing in hilly regions too.
16/09/17 The Hindu