Saturday, April 22, 2006

Air India Express International flight from Mangalore on May 7 doubtful

Mangalore: The first international flight from the Bajpe airport may not take off on May 7 as planned by Air India Express, the low-cost airline of Air India, unless the State Government makes serious efforts to set up immigration facilities at the airport within a fortnight.
Official sources told here on Friday that the Police Department sent a proposal to the Government a few days ago to sanction the required manpower and other facilities to set up immigration facilities. The proposal says the immigration unit at the airport needs 70 police personnel, fax and photocopying machines, computers, vehicles and other facilities.
"To handle the immigration requirements at the airport, police personnel should be trained in the specified department in Mumbai for 21 days," a senior police official said.
Sources in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that in no airport in the country were full-fledged immigration and customs facilities provided when international flights started. Existing facilities were used to handle the requirements.
22/04/06 The Hindu/Udayavani/ Bellevision
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