Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday commissioned the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL).
With this, Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airports. The first flight from the airport was flagged off by the chief guests at 10 am and was an Air India Express flight with 180 passengers to Abu Dhabi. All passengers received a gift each from KIAL.
This is the fourth international airport in the state, the rest are in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode.
Flights that would operate from here include those to the UAE, Oman, Qatar, besides domestic ones to Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai among others.
The new airport expected to boost tourism in Kannur, Kasargode, Wayanad and increase trade and commerce in the handloom and spices sectors.
Keralites rejoiced and took to social media to discuss, including the Chief Minister:
Kannur Takes Off!— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) December 9, 2018
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