New Delhi: The Central government has given 'in-principle' approval for setting up a greenfield airport at Aranmula in Kerala, apart from airports at Navi Mumbai, Mopa and Kannur, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.
He said this during his first address to a joint gathering of MPs from both Houses of Parliament on the first day of the Budget session.
The State government had earlier given the go-ahead to the country's first private international greenfield airport project, which is being developed by KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district of the state.
The proposed airport is coming up about 110 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram. The famed Sabarimala temple is located 30 kilometres from the project site.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had earlier said that the joint venture greenfield airport in Kannur would be commissioned within three years, giving a fillip to the overall development of north Kerala.
The Kannur Airport is being developed as a joint venture project on the lines of the Cochin International Airport Ltd.