Managing Director of the Kannur International Airport (KIAL) G Chandramouli has stated that the airport is going to be ready for flight operations by the second quarter of 2016. Kannur airport will become the fourth international airport in the state when it operates. The first trial flight will take off in mid-December of 2015, he added. Work has already begun on the State government-promoted airport. It is described as the largest infrastructural initiative in the North Malabar region of State. Located at Mattannur, some 25 km from Kannur, the airport aims to serve people in the northern districts of Kerala as well as Coorg and Mysore in Karnataka. The planned airport is supposed to attract passengers from Kozhikode and Mangalore airports too. Conceived in 1998, the airport takes the public-private-participation (PPP) route and is being built in the BOO (build, operate and own) mode. Of the 2,000 acres of land required for the Rs 1,800-crore project, 1,200 acres have been taken possession of. Of this, 800 acres form part of the government's equity in the project.