There are 3 International Airports in Kerala; at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, handling both international and domestic flights. Out of these Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode airports are owned by Government of India and that at Kochi is owned by Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), a company set up by Govt of Kerala with Public Private Participation (PPP).
The traffic dealt with by the three airports has been growing steadily in recent years due to increased tourist arrivals, large number of Keralites working in Gulf and other countries and also as a result of the 'Open Sky' policy measures taken by Government of India. During 2005-06, 62390 flights (31225 domestic and 31165 international) were operated from the three airports. Besides expansion of the existing airports, two more airports are about to come up in the State, one at Kannur district and the other at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district. It will also help the tourism sector of Kerala with more connectivity and easy flying across the state.