Kannur airport enters 4th year, witnesses surge in international travellers despite Covid crisis


Mattannur: Kannur airport is celebrating a milestone as it enters the fourth year of operations. The first flight from the airport flew to Abu Dhabi on December 09, 2018. Despite the challenges caused by Covid-19 in the aviation sector, Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) made progress. Interestingly, the airport became one among the top 10 airports in India that witnessed surge in international travellers in August and September.

Notably, after Covid-19 lockdown, the aviation sector is following “Transport Bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements”, an accord on international travel between countries. As per the agreement, around 27.37 lakh travellers commuted through the airport, show latest figures. In October, international cargo services were also started and over 350 tonnes of freight have been transported. Items including fruits, vegetable and flowers have been exported.

Interestingly, within 10 months of KIAL’s opening, it was successful in achieving 10 lakh travellers. KIAL is now in the pursuit of getting permission from the Centre for allowing the entry of aviation service companies in the foreign market. However, the Centre has informed that more domestic services will only be allowed.

Notably, larger aircrafts such as Kuwait Airways and Saudi Air earlier have landed in Kannur. Talks with Spice Jet and Air Vistara have happened. Similarly, there are plans to accommodate cargo flights and in this regard the needful procedures are pursued.

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