Friday, March 17, 2017

Domestic arrivals at Calicut airport to witness a surge

Domestic passenger traffic at Calicut airport is likely to witness a surge in the coming months, with the Centre aggressively pursuing the proposed Regional Connectivity Scheme - ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik’ (UDAN) to facilitate regional connectivity to underserved and underutilised airports in various States.

“Though Kerala has no airport coming under the RSC-UDAN scheme, the proposal will give a fillip to domestic arrivals by chartered flights and through tour operators. Inter-State connectivity via regional connectivity will support the tourism sector in the future,” said K. Janardhanan, Director, Calicut airport.

At the same time, several airline companies have already evinced interest in conducting services from Calicut airport to destinations within the country beginning this summer.

“The airport has become operational 24/7. The draft of the summer schedule has been notified by the Director General of Civil Aviation, and a final decision will be taken soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Indigo has plans to start a daily Chennai service, while Jet Airways has expressed interest in conducting daily services to Bengaluru and Chennai. Similarly, Air Carnival is keen on commencing Calicut-Chennai service.
17/03/17 The Hindu