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Kannur International Airport: Kerala to be the first state with four international airports
 
Malappuram: With Kannur International Airport becoming operational, Kerala will be the first state in the country with four international airports.

Kannur airport is expected to start services by next month. In the initial phase, services will be provided to Abudabi, Doha and Dammam, said the Union Minister Suresh Prabhu.

The first trial operation from Kannur took place in February 2016, when an Indian Air Force aircraft landed for the first time at the airport and was received by the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

The airport will be able to handle at a time 2,000 passengers and it is anticipated that KIAL will serve more than 1.5 million international passengers annually,

According to the airport authority, international services are provided from 34 airports within the country. Out of this 26 are given the international ranking. 20 airports among this are under the control of the authority and six belongs to the private sector.

Eight are included among the customs airports. At present Kerala, TamilNadu and Maharashtra have three international airports each.


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