M’lore airport to receive int’l status
The much-awaited international status for Mangalore airport is likely to be accorded over the next couple of months.
A major part of the work on the second runway and a terminal building is nearing completion at Kenjar, about 20 kms from Mangalore. The expansion of the airport for Rs214 crore is expected to be completed shortly.
International operations began at the airport in 2006 when Air India Express introduced a flight to Dubai. Now international airlines like Saudi Airlines and Kuwait Air are waiting for Indian approval to start operations to Mangalore.
The airport is now equipped with necessary infrastructure to operate international flights and the authorities are awaiting the green signal to declared it an international airport. This was the second airport in south India to have two runways.