Kerala has been strong, and leaving behind the devastating effects of the floods, the home of backwaters has emerged as a leader—not just in terms of getting right back on its feet, but going that extra mile to become the first state to have as many as four international airports.
What’s the buzz?
According to a media report, the Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan showed the green signal for starting the operations of the Kannur International Airport, as they together flagged off the inaugural Air India Express flight from the airport to Abu Dhabi. The flight departed on Monday morning with 186 passengers on board.
With operations resuming at this new airport near Mattannur town, Kerala has become the first state to have four fully operational international airports, with Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode being the other three.
What should you know?
Spread across a massive area of 2,330 acres, the airport has a runway length of 3,050 m, thus making it well-equipped to serve as many as a million passengers on an annual basis.
But it’s not just these technical advantages that make this airport an amazing one, the Kannur International Airport is also home to a 95,000 sq m terminal building, which is the eighth largest in India. Not just that, this terminal is also equipped with some state-of-the-art facilities as well.
One of the most interesting features about the airport is its decor, which depicts the not only cultural traditions of Malabar and Kannur, but also of Kodagu, which is situated in the neighbouring state of Karnataka. Some of the most attractive artworks for any traveller are the mural paintings that showcase the cultural heritage of Malabar, and the other artistic elements that depict the traditional dance forms of Kerala, like Theyyam and Kathakali.
What we think?
Located just three kilometres away from the Mattannur town and 30 km from the main town of Kannur, this airport has opened yet another gateway to the beautiful parts of Kerala that are waiting to be explored by travellers. What makes us more excited is that this airport is also not too far from destinations in Karnataka, including Virajpet in Kodagu, which is just 58 km away, and Madikeri, which is around 90 km away.