Kannur airport will be ready in 2015, says Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's fourth international airport at Kannur would open in December 2015, the minister in charge of the project said Saturday. Seven companies have been shortlisted in the pre-qualification bid for building the airport, which is coming up in an area of around 2,000 acres and is expected to cost Rs 1,700 crore.

"The technical bid would be submitted by these selected firms and after elimination, the financial bid would be asked for and we expect to ink the work agreement with the selected company in September. The work will begin in October and the first aircraft will touch down in December 2015," said Excise and Shipping Minister K Babu.

Kerala today has three international airports at Kozhikode, Kochi and capital Thiruvananthapuram. Visualised first in 1996 by the then chief minister EK Nayanar, who hails from the northern district of Kannur, successive governments had approved the project. In 2010, the VS Achuthanandan government had laid the foundation stone for the airport.

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