Saturday, October 06, 2018

Kannur airport to be commissioned on December 9

Kannur: Putting an end to a long wait, the Kannur International Airport (KIAL) authorities announced on Friday that the airport would be commissioned on December 9. The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) had issued the aerodrome licence to the airport on Thursday.
In the last one month, many airlines, including the Air India Express, had successful trial landings here using the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and DVOR (Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range) Radar.
As of now, the airport, spread over 2,300 acres, will be inaugurated with a 3,050 metre-long runway. With additional land being acquired, the length would be extended to 4,000 metres, said officials. Even using the existing runway, bigger aircraft like Boeing 777 and 787 can smoothly land here. But with a runway length of 4,000 metres, aircraft like Airbus-380 would be able to land making KIAL the biggest airport in Kerala. The terminal building with 24 check-in counters is spread across 97,000 square metres. There are 32 immigration counters, four E-visa counters and 16 customs counters.
The airport will have six aerobridges to speed up the boarding and disembarking process and provide all-weather convenient access to the aircraft. There will also be a hotel equipped with 20 fully-furnished rooms and shower facilities within the terminal itself, KIAL officials said.
06/10/19 Times of India