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In September last year, Kannur Internatio­nal Airport was formally commission­ed when the first passenger aircraft successful­ly landed there marking the readiness of the fourth airport in Kerala for commercial operations. The project has been developed by Kannur Internatio­nal Airport Ltd (KIAL), promoted by Government of Kerala, to build and operate airport of internatio­nal standard at Mattannur, in Kannur District, the Northern part of Kerala, primarily to cater to the needs of large Non Resident Indian population in the region who travel frequently to various internatio­nal destinatio­ns, the business community and tourists. The trial was carried out by the Air India Express aircraft IX 555. It is part of the final procedures for getting clearance to commence commercial operations. KIAL has confirmed that the trial was successful. The airport, which has absorbed an investment of ` 22.92 billion, is expected to help the state attract tourists.

This is the second Greenfield airport in Kerala, being built on Public Private Partnershi­p model in an area of about 2,300 acres. The land is acquired by the state government and has been transferre­d to KIAL. The company has claimed that it would make Kerala the only state in the country to have four internatio­nal airports. As per the Informatio­n Memorandum prepared by SBI CAPS, the airport is expected to have an approximat­e annual traffic of 1.65 million internatio­nal and 0.16 million domestic passengers in the first year of operation. As per Kerala government, eleven internatio­nal and six domestic carriers have expressed interest to start operations from the new airport. The internatio­nal carriers that have shown interest to start operations include Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Saudi Arabia, Silk Air, Air Asia and Malindo Air.

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