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Calicut Airport

Calicut International Airport
Calicut International Airport
Location of airport in India
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Kozhikode
Location Malappuram, Kerala, India
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 (Apr '11 - Mar '12)
Passenger movements 2,209,716
Aircraft movements 16,150
Cargo tonnage 25,400
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Calicut International Airport (IATA: CCJICAO: VOCL), also known as Karipur Airport, is an International Airport serving the cities of Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala, India. The airport 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 thirteenth busiest airport in India in terms of overall passenger traffic.[4] The airport was given international airport status on 2 February 2006.[5][6] It is the third busiest airport in Kerala after Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.


The airport was inaugurated in April 1988.[7]

Recent renovation, upgrades and expansion

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. Three 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.

Airlines and destinations




Accidents and incidents

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[10] There were no casualties on board.[10]


External links

  • Airports Authority of India web site
  • Airport information for VOCL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  • Aviation Safety Network
  • A-Z World Airports: Calicut Airport (CCJ/VOCL)
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