An official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) visited the Kannur International Airport project site near Mattannur on Saturday for inspection of facilities mandatory for giving clearance for trial landing scheduled to be held in February.
DGCA Aerodrome Inspector Y.V. Subramanyan visited the site and inspected the facilities including the runway as part of giving the clearance. Trial landing will be held only if Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) has been granted clearance by the DGCA. The Aerodrome Inspector also examined the safety norms set for giving the clearance.
KIAL officials said that all requirements for getting DGCA clearance for trial landing have been met.
They also said that 2,400-metre runway has already been completed for the trial landing. The actual length of the runway will be 3,400 metres. The completed portion of the runway is also marked for trial landing and take-off.
KIAL Managing Director G. Chandramouli was also present at the site as the Aerodrome Inspector examined the arrangements made at the airport site.
If the clearance is granted, the trial landing will be organised as a major public function.
A meeting convened by District Collector P. Bala Kiran earlier this month decided to hold the trial landing in a big way after making all security arrangements.
The trial landing, if granted clearance by the DGCA, will be done with the technical assistance of the Aviation Control of the Calicut airport, according to the officials.