Kannur: Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday inaugurated the Kannur international airport making Kerala the only state in the country to have four international airports. Also Read - Photos And Videos Shows How Cyclone Tauktae Brings Heavy Rain in Kerala and Adjoining Coastal Areas

The other three international airports are Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut International Airport. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae 'Very Likely' to Cross Guajrat Coast on May 18 | Highlights

The first commercial flight from the airport, an Air India Express flight IX 715 with 180 passengers on board to Abu Dhabi, was flagged off by the two chief guests present at the inaugural today morning. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae Likely To Turn Into ‘Very Severe Storm’, Warns IMD; NDRF Earmarks 53 Teams For 5 States

Spread across 2,000 acres of area, this new international airport is likely to boost tourism in the region like Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode. It may also increase the inter-trade in sectors such as spices and handloom.