Kannur International Airport (KIA) is expected to be inaugurated on December 9th according to the airport's managing director V Thulasidas. The announcement came on Friday November 30th. The new airport has a 10,065-foot runway and sprawls over 2,330 acres of land and will serve over 1 million passengers to start with. The inaugural flight will be done by Air India Express (the budget arm of Air India) and will fly from Kannur to Abu Dhabi. "More airlines are expected to start services to and from Kannur in January. GoAir, IndiGo, and SpiceJet are awaiting final clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)," Thulasidas said.