11 air­lines ready to start ser­vices from Kan­nur Air­port

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY AM ABDUSSALAM

KOCHI: Eleven in­ter­na­tional and six do­mes­tic air­line com­pa­nies have ex­pressed readi­ness to op­er­ate from Kan­nur In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which is ex­pected to com­mence ser­vices in Oc­to­ber - Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to Ker­ala Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan.

“Con­sid­er­able progress has been achieved dur­ing the last two years in the con­struc­tion of Kan­nur air­port. Land ac­qui­si­tion for ex­tend­ing the run­way length from 3050 to 4000 me­tres is fast pro­gress­ing. Once the run­way ex­ten­sion is com­pleted Kan­nur air­port will be­come the big­gest air­port in Ker­ala,” Pi­narayi, who is also the chair­man of the Kan­nur In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (KIAL), said af­ter pre­sid­ing over the an­nual gen­eral body meet­ing held in Tri­van­drum on Satur­day.

The in­ter­na­tional air­line com­pa­nies ready to start ser­vices in­clude Emi­rates, Ethi­had, Fly­dubai, Air Ara­bia, Oman Air, Qatar Air­ways, Gulf Air, Sau­dia, Silk Air, Air Asia and Malindo Air. In­dian com­pa­nies like Air In­dia, Air In­dia Ex­press, Jet Air­ways, Indigo, Spice­jet and Goair are also ready to op­er­ate from Kan­nur.

In­fra­struc­ture works in­clud­ing run­way, air­side works, ter­mi­nal build­ing, bag­gage han­dling sys­tem in­clud­ing X-ray ma­chine, check in coun­ters, em­i­gra­tion check points, lifts, es­ca­la­tors and pas­sen­ger board­ing bridge have al­ready been com­pleted.

Con­struc­tion of an in­ter­na­tional air cargo com­plex, four-storeyed air­port ofICE Com­plex, ive-sto­ryed CISF (Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force) res­i­den­tial com­plex, 23-km road ad­ja­cent to the bound­ary wall and land­scap­ing work will be com­pleted within a year and a half.

Air­port Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) had al­ready set up Dop­pler Very High Fre­quency Omni Range nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem. These sys­tems have al­ready been tested suc­cess­fully. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) CAR­RIED out LIGHT tri­als by Air In­dia Ex­press and Indigo on Sept.20 and 21as per di­rec­tives of AAI.

Chief min­is­ter also said that air­port li­cense would be granted shortly based on LIGHT tri­als AND other In­spec­tions.

CISF have de­cided to em­ploy 613 se­cu­rity staff from 1st Oc­to­ber. KIAL has al­ready ap­pointed 136 air­port ofi­cials out of A to­tal re­quire­ment of 180 per­son­nel to run the fa­cil­ity. Mem­bers of the fam­i­lies who lost their homes due to the ac­qui­si­tion of land for the air­port would be given place­ment.

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