Saturday, December 08, 2018

Kerala’s Kannur airport to bring Coorg closer

On Sunday, 9 December, Kannur International Airport will officially start operations, making it the fourth international airport in Kerala and the first in the northern part of the region. Air India Express will operate the first flight to Abu Dhabi. No-frills carrier GoAir will follow with flights to three cities in South India.
GoAir has announced direct flights from Kannur to Bengaluru (6 times weekly), Hyderabad (4 times weekly) and Chennai (3 times weekly). The airline will also start international flights from Kannur once the final regulatory approvals are in. Air India Express will operate flights from Kannur to Riyadh and Doha, in addition to Abu Dhabi. Other airlines, including SpiceJet and IndiGo have applied for permissions to fly into Kannur.

Kannur International Airport will have most regular facilities you’d expect of an international airport: duty-free shops, lounges, retail stores and restaurants. The airport will also have 20 fully-furnished rooms for passengers on long layovers.
The Kannur International Airport will provide easier access to the towns and beaches of north Kerala. In addition, it will provide much easier access to Karnataka’s favourite hill station: Coorg. Currently, one must fly to Bengaluru and drive six hours (250km), or to Mangaluru and drive four hours (140km) to reach Coorg, or Kodagu, as it is now known. But the distance from Kannur airport to Coorg is just 81km, which could mean a drive time of just two hours. Coffee country, here we come.
07/12/18 Conde Nast Traveller

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