Kannur Airport snippets

Kerala Chief minister Oommen Chandy said that the runway of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) would be extended to 3,400 metres in the first phase itself. It was earlier planned to extend the runway to 3,050 metres.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of the airport terminal building at Mattannur here, Chandy said the decision to extend the runway was taken at the director board meeting held the other day. He said 75 acres would have to be acquired for the purpose and the process was on. The runway width will be 45 metres.
He said the KIAL work would be closely monitored by him as it was one of the Navaratna projects under
`Mission 676' of the government. Unlike many other projects, the KIAL project was a role model as it had begun after a proper report was prepared and approved by the agencies concerned.
Officials said the project was expected to meet the deadline as Larsen & Toubro (L&T) was doing the airside, runway and terminal work, ensuing better coordination.
The total area of the airport is nearly 8 lakh sq ft, which is double the size of Kozhikode airport. It will be developed in an eco-friendly manner. In the first phase, the project will cost around Rs.1,892 crore, of which the government stake will be 35% in the form of land. It will have 49% stake by public sector establishments, including a 21% stake of BPCL. The private sector stake will be 16%.
While the runway and airside works have been awarded for Rs.694 crore, the passenger terminal building will cost Rs 498.7 crore. The KIAL has 1,278 acres in possession and the process for acquiring 644 acres is on. Apart from this, acquisition of 11.44 acres for the first phase is progressing.
The airport terminal building area will be 75,000 sq m, which will have a peak hour passenger capacity of 2,000. To facilitate this, there will be 48 check-in counters, 32 emigration counters and 16 customs counters. There will be duty-free shops and food courts.The terminal will also have 16 escalators, 17 elevators and four conveyors.There will be parking facility for 700 cars, 200 taxis and 25 buses in the airport complex.
Ports minister K Babu said in his presidential address that the work was progressing smoothly and the trial landing of the first flight would be in December 2015.The commercial services are expected to begin by May 2016.

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