Calicut International Airport

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Calicut International Airport (കോഴിക്കോട് അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളം)


CCJ is located in India airports
Location of airport in India
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Kozhikkode
North Kerala
Location Karipur, Malappuram,
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 342 ft / 104 m
Coordinates 11°08′13″N 075°57′19″E / 11.13694°N 75.95528°E / 11.13694; 75.95528Coordinates: 11°08′13″N 075°57′19″E / 11.13694°N 75.95528°E / 11.13694; 75.95528
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,383 2,860 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 2,583,740(Increase4.8%)
Aircraft movements 16,854(Increase7.8%)
Cargo tonnage 22,849(Decrease0.2%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

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


The airport was inaugurated in April 1988.[7]

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 in cargo handling, in terms of its passenger traffic.

Recent renovation, upgrades and expansion[edit]

A 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) international terminal has been opened to passengers, similar to the spacious modern international departure terminal that became operational on 14 May 2007. Five conveyor belts have been installed at the arrival terminal. The approach to Calicut airport runway is surrounded with hills and valleys. The approach funnel area of the runway 28 is a 30 m (98 ft) to 70 m (230 ft) deep undulated valley up to a distance of 6,000 m (20,000 ft), immediately following the tabletop runway of 2,860 m (9,380 ft) long. This terrain needs a special type of approach guidance lighting system to enhance safety for aircraft operations both during night and poor visibility conditions. Airports Authority of India have provided runway lead-in lighting system for the first time in India at Calicut airport as per the recommendations of the DGCA.

Since 1 May 2015, the airport was closed to wide body aircraft, such as Boeing 777 and 747, for a period of six months. This is due to runway re-carpeting, which has been long overdue at this airport. Emirates, Saudia and 2 Air India flights have shifted operations temporarily to Cochin International Airport during this time.

Flights parked in Calicut Airport
Calicut airport at night
An Air India aircraft at Calicut Airport
Air India Express Landing at Calicut

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah International
Air India Mumbai Domestic
Air India Dubai-International, Jeddah ( resume 27th march 2016), Sharjah International
Air India Express Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai-International, Kuwait, Muscat, Ras Al Khaimah (starts 28 March 2016), Salalah, Sharjah International
Air India Express Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram Domestic
Emirates Dubai-International(Temporarily Suspended) International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi International
IndiGo Delhi, Mumbai Domestic
IndiGo Dubai-International International
Jet Airways Dammam, Doha International
Jet Airways Mumbai Domestic
Oman Air Muscat International
Qatar Airways Doha International
Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh(All Temporarily Suspended) International
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai Domestic
SpiceJet Dubai-International International


Airlines Destinations
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum[8]
FitsAir Colombo
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.That time the airport had been initialized as an air strip at "Chelari", a few Kilometers away from the current location.[10]
  • 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. Certain parts of the plane's wing broke leaving a mark on the runway.[11]
  • 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.[12] There were no casualties on board.[12]
  • On 10 June 2015 An argument between the personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) staff at the Calicut international airport in Kozhikode escalated into a gun battle, leading to one person's death and serious injuries to two others late on Wednesday night.[13]

See also[edit]


  4. ^ AAI traffic figures 2011-2012
  5. ^ Calicut Airport
  6. ^ Calicut airport given international status
  7. ^ "Silver jubilee does not bring cheer to Karipur airport users". The Times Of India. 2 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Emirates SkyCargo Schedule
  9. ^ QR Cargo to CCJ
  10. ^ "VT-DTH Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Narrow escape for AI passengers The Hindu 8 November 2008
  12. ^ a b Jolly, Asit (30 November 2012). "On a Wing and a Prayer". India Today. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  13. ^ Shooting incident International Business Times 11 June 2015

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