Kannur is a seaside city in the northern part of Kerala State in India. It is one of ten best cities in India to live according to the economics research firm Indicus Analytics, based on housing, earnings and investments. Apart from its idyllic beaches and greenery, Kannur is an important industrial center of the state.
13 percent of the population are employed overseas. Experts forecast that emigration from North Kerala is bound to increase in the coming years. An airport at Kannur, which can meet the demand of both airlines and passengers with facilities matching the international standards, merits strong consideration of the Government.
An International Airport at Kannur with international standards of safety and comfort is the aim of the government. Government of Kerala vide its order GO (MS)No.2/98/Tran dated 17.01.1998 accorded sanction for setting up Kannur International Airport and appointed KINFRA as the nodal agency for its implementation.
KINFRA engaged M/s. EMA Unihorn (India) Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon as consultant and they submitted their Techno Economic Feasibility Report in 2000, which was updated in 2005. This was submitted to the Government of India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation gave approval for setting up an International Airport at Kannur.