There were three international airports in Kerala: in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode respectively. Now, the fourth one has been inaugurated in Kannur, making Kerala the only state to have as many international airports. There is no points for guessing how well that will boost the tourism industry. Also Read - Good News! India's Oldest Covid-19 Survivor, Wife Discharged in Kerala

The debut flight from Kannur International Airport was an Air India Express flight with 180 passengers on board to Abu Dhabi. Built on a public-private-partnership model, the airport spreads across 2,000 acres and can essentially cater to nearly 2,000 passengers at any given point of time and handle more than 1.5 million international passengers, annually. There’s also provision for extending the runway from 3,050 meters to 4,000 meters. Also Read - Speaking in Fluent Bengali, Shashi Tharoor Requests Migrant Workers to Remain In Kerala | Watch

The international flights operating from Kannur at the moment include those of UAE, Oman and Qatar. Additionally, the airport will provide direct services to Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Also Read - No Door Delivery of Liquor in Kerala: High Court Stays Govt Decision

This airport is a boon to the people travelling from Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala and Kodagu in Karnataka. Airlines like Air India and GoAir have released their flight schedules for the brand-new airport, with more domestic airlines likely to kick-start operations soon.

Located about 30km from the main city, Kannur Airport stands for world-class infrastructure and is built using futuristic technology that has put Kannur on the global aviation map. This hidden hamlet in the heart of Malabar finally has fantastic connectivity for residents, homebound migrants and travellers – revolutionising the experience of travelling to the northern crown of Kerala.

What’s interesting is how the walls of Kannur International Airport depict the rich heritage and culture of Malabar and Kannur. Murals and paintings adorn different parts of the airport; with special emphasis given to traditional dance forms like Theyyam, Kathakali and Yakshagana.