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Utilities and Support Infrastructure

Creating outside support services/ infrastructure facilities is considered to be as important as the development of the Airport itself. The greatest emphasis is being laid on the access roads. The plan is to take up and complete the supporting infrastructure by the time the airport is built.

Roads to be developed

Kannur - Mattannur
Thalassery - Mattannur
Payannur - Mattannur
Karnataka Border - Mattannur
Mattannur -Anjarakkandi - Thalassery
Wayanad - Mattannur
Mahi - Muzhuppilangad by pass
Nadapuram - Thalassery road

Rail linking Thalassery with Mysore will facilitate multi-modal access to the airport. The state government is pursuing discussions with the Central Ministry of Railways on a proposal for 'Kannur International Airport Railway Station'.

Kerala State Electricity Board has accorded its consent for augmenting power supply to cater Airport and other infrastructure requirements.

Kerala Water Authority  has accorded its consent to supply treated water for the entire operational requirement of the Airport

The tourism industry, especially health, pilgrimage and beach tourism, would be developed to attract more national and international tourists. The airport will be established quite close to Wayanad and Coorg which are suitable locations for adventure and wild life tourism. Even before the commencement of the construction of the airport several hotel chains have come up to explore the tourism potential of the region.

Pilgrimage Tourism
This is a branch of tourism which can be promoted in this area due to the presence of a large number of internationally famous shrines belonging to different religions.

Traditional industries like textile, handloom and modern sectors like IT will get a boost with the establishment of the airport. Similarly the airport will grow due to rapid industrialization from the flow of increased passengers. It is a win-win situation.



Project Structure


The proposal for the development of the ‘Kannur International Airport’ received ‘in principle’ approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in February 2008. Government of Kerala has floated  a company by the name Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL)for the development of the airport.


  • The airport will be built over 2000 acres of land and will have a single runway, to begin with.
  • The project will be implemented on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) basis and on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) model.
  • The Kannur International Airport will be set up by a  Government led consortium. 35% of equity will be with the Government of Kerala, 23% with Public Sector Undertakings, 26% with Airport PSU's and remaining 16% with private individuals and institutions.

 The Phase 1 project cost would be approximately 1892 crores including the cost of land. 

The development of the infrastructure project will be through global tenders in Engineering, Procurement and constructions (EPC )Model







The Kannur International Airport(KIAL) is the second greenfield airport setup in the public private partnership (PPP) model in civil aviation infrastructure sector in kerala .

The Airport has been planned for development in phases on a modular basis to suit future requirements and also to minimize the initial investments so as to generate revenue at the earliest possible time.

The State’s prestigious greenfield Airport project named ‘KIAL’ will be coming up close to Mattannur in Kannur district of Kerala State. It is only 20 kms away from Kannur city, and 2 kms from Mattannur on Kannur – Mattannur – Mysore road.

The Airport is strategically located with easy access from NH-17 and SH-30 & 36 . The main Railway line from Kanyakumary to Bombay is nearest to Airport and it is situated  in between Thalasserry and Kannur railway station.


  • To provide an international gateway in the northern Malabar region with state-of-the art facilities to support safe, efficient and cost effective travel for foreign tourists and ‘non-resident’ Indians from Kerala, as well as domestic passengers.

  • To act as air cargo hub for Malabar Region.

  • To provide a host of commercial, trade promotion and industrial activities that can generate employment opportunities, provide avenues for the trade in traditional products to affluent markets in the Gulf and Europe and to open new vistas in the field of IT & ICT.

  • To promote beach, pilgrimage and health tourism.

  • To transform the North Malabar region into a highly developed growth centre for travel, tourism and industries.