It seems that first step towards building a runway at the proposed airport at Kannur will take off in near future. Excise Minister K Babuhas said that the construction of the runway for the proposed airport will begin next year. The plan will be worked out in such a way that the first aircraft can land at the airport in 2014.
The minister said that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has been asked to prepare a project report for the airport. The Centre for Earth Sciences (CESS) will conduct the environmental studies. Both the reports are expected to ready in four months.
The minister also added that the work on the new international terminal will begin soon at the Cochin international airport and the final clearance will be given at the board meeting of CIAL on September 24.
The plan is to convert the existing international terminal to domestic terminal. Sources say the existing domestic terminal at Cochin airport will be reserved for business jets.The new terminal will be built over 100 acres of land and Rs 250 crore will be spent for that. It is expected to handle about 2000 passengers per hour.
The minister said steps are being initiated start an Air India service between Kochi and Kozhikode, just like the recently introduced Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode flight.
First aircraft to be launched in 2014 AAI to prepare report on airport CESS to conduct environmental issues Reports may be ready by four monthsNew international terminal for Kochi.