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Calicut International Airport (IATA: CCJ, ICAO: VOCL), also known as Karipur Airport, is an international airport serving the cities of Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala, India. The airport opened on 13 April 1988.[4] It is located in Karipur, about 28 km (17 mi) from Kozhikode and 25 km (16 mi) from Malappuram. The airport serves as an operating base for Air India Express. It was the twelfth-busiest airport in India in terms of overall passenger traffic.[5] It is the third-busiest airport in Kerala after Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. It was given international airport status on 2 February 2006.[6][7]

Calicut International Airport
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Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationKaripur, Malappuram, Kerala, India
Hub forAir India Express
Elevation AMSL104 m / 342 ft
Coordinates11°08′N 75°57′E / 11.14°N 75.95°E / 11.14; 75.95Coordinates: 11°08′N 75°57′E / 11.14°N 75.95°E / 11.14; 75.95
CCJ is located in Kerala
CCJ is located in India
CCJ is located in Middle East
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,860 9,383 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passenger movements3,360,847(Increase7.1%)
Aircraft movements26,738(Increase7.3%)
Cargo tonnage17,283(Decrease -8.4%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]



Early yearsEdit

The airport was inaugurated in April 1988.[8]

Calicut airport gained its sanction after a long period of struggle, which began in 1977, under the leadership of freedom fighter late K.P. Kesava Menon. In the 1990s, Gulf Malayalis played an important part in the development of the airport - they collected funds for the purpose, when the Union Government said it did not have funds. This led to the inception of, the Malabar International Airport Development Society, which helped raise funds for the airport's development. Consequently, major developments of facilities, such as extension of runway from 6,000 feet to 9,000 feet to facilitate operation of big-bodied aircraft, were carried out, with loans from HUDCO.

It received the status of an international airport on February 2, 2006, which led to development in its infrastructure, for handling the operation of international flights from its terminal. It holds the distinction of being the 12th-busiest airport in India, and 11th-busiest in cargo handling, in terms of its passenger traffic.

Wide-body aircraft restrictionsEdit

Since 1 May 2015, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) imposed restrictions on operation of wide-body aircraft such as Boeing 777 and 747 for a period of six months for runway recarpeting, which had been long overdue at this airport. As a result, Emirates, Saudia and two Air India Boeing 747 flight operations had to move temporarily to Cochin International Airport during this time.[9] The airport authorities had expressed doubt about getting permission to operate wide-bodied aircraft from the airport even after the completion of the recarpeting as the runway in the airport is not large enough for the operation of jumbo aircraft. AAI had earlier instructed all airports using widebody aircraft must have 240 m of RESA on each direction whereas that of Calicut airports 90 m.[10] The airport director K Janardhanan said the short runway was a major hurdle in operating the wide-bodied aircraft from the table top airport and the runway length should be extended from the current 2,850 metres to 3,150 metres to operate wide-bodied aircraft, he added. The major hurdle in extending the runway is the delay in acquiring the land which require a total of 385 acres of land for extending the runway and associated facilities. The state government has been finding the task difficult as it requires evacuation of 1,500 families living around the airport.[11] As of June 10, 2016, not much action has been taken for land acquisition to help increase the runway length.[12] The AAI decided to get a safety area (RESA) to avoid the aircraft overrunning from the table-top runway. The RESA extension was completed in 2017; it was widened to 240 m from 90 m. [13]

Reinstatement of Wide-body Aircraft OperationsEdit

As a consequence of prolonged protests by various Malayali associations like KMCC, MCC and MDF and others, Gulf Malayalis, political parties, Kerala State Government and MPs from Malabar region, on 9 August 2018, DGCA gave approval for resuming wide-body aircraft (Code E category) operations from Calicut International Airport.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] In the beginning, Saudia has been given permission to start nonstop flights to Jeddah and Riyadh, Boeing 777-200LR and Airbus 330-300.[14][15] After three and a half years, the wide-body aircraft (Airbus 330-300) of Saudi Arabian Airways from Jeddah landed at Calicut International Airport at 11:04 (IST) on 5 December 2018.[21][22][23] It flew back to Jeddah on the same day at 13:19 (IST).[24][25][23] Saudia has also resumed its services to Riyadh from Calicut in December 2018 itself.[26] On 5 July 2019, DGCA gave approval for wide-body aircraft operations of Air India from Calicut International Airport using Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-300ER, and Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner.[27][28] Emirates also secured approval from DGCA India to operate Boeing 777-200LR and Beoing 777-300ER from Calicut.[27][28] These services are expected to commence soon.[27] On 5 July 2019, Saudia has got DGCA approvals to start services using Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus 330-200 at Calicut, and they have resumed Haj flight operations from Calicut to Medina from 7 July 2019. [29][30]

Airlines and destinationsEdit



Calicut International Airport is located between two National Highways. The closest one is National Highway 966 (NH-966) situated at a distance of 2.3 kilometers and the other one being National Highway 66 (NH-66) which is around 8 kilometers from the airport. NH-966 joins NH-66 at Ramanattukara, located 12 kilometers from the airport. This combined road network enables seamless connectivity to the north to Kozhikode, Kannur, and Wayanad, and towards the south to Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, and Coimbatore.


Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates FlyBus (low-floor AC bus) services to the city of Kozhikode from the airport.[50] This is one of the cheapest available options to travel to the city. There are only a handful of these services so travelers looking for cheap options to travel can take an Auto-rickshaw to Airport Junction (2.8km away) where buses are available to Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad etc.


The two closest railway stations are Feroke railway station (around 18 kilometers from the airport) and Kozhikode Railway station (around 28 kilometers from the airport), which are connected to all major cities in India.  


Pre-paid taxi services are available at the airport.[51] The airport is also serviced by Ola Cabs, an online cab aggregator providing various options to Calicut city and Outstation journeys.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 17 January 1969, Douglas C-47A VT-DTH of Hindu Publications crashed on take-off. The aircraft was operating a cargo flight. Both crew were killed. At the time airport had been initialized as an air strip at "Chelari", a few kilometres away from the current location.[52]
  • On 7 November 2008 an Air India Airbus 310 flight AI 962 flying from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, scraped its right wing tip on the runway on landing. Parts of the plane's wing broke, leaving a mark on the runway.[53]
  • On 9 July 2012 an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 skidded on landing, during heavy rain. The aircraft's landing gear impacted with runway beacons, breaking them.[54] There were no casualties on board.[54]
  • On 10 June 2015 an argument between Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) personnel at the airport escalated into a gun battle, leading to one person's death and serious injuries to two others late on Wednesday night.[55]
  • On 25 April 2017 an Air India A321-200 suffered an engine failure during takeoff, resulting in a left tyre burst. The takeoff was aborted and flight cancelled.[56]
  • On 4 August 2017, a SpiceJet Bombardier Dash 8 skidded on landing and damaged the ILS beacons. No one was killed and the captain landed and taxied safely to the terminal.

See alsoEdit


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