Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Happy landings for Mangaloreans in Doha

Doha:The Mangalorean community in Doha rejoiced yesterday at the prospect of their local airport getting “international” status, which could lead to direct flights from the Gulf, including Doha.
The possibility moved a step closer to reality with the customs department giving its clearance for international flight operations from and to the airport.
The only hurdle now for international flight operations is immigration clearance. This is expected to be obtained in “a few days,” the community members quoted the Superintendent of Police B Dayanand as saying.
Low-cost airline Air-India Express had proposed starting a Mangalore-Dubai service, with four weekly services. According to a tentative schedule, its Boeing 737-800 is to arrive in Mangalore from Dubai at 8.20pm and take off for Dubai at 9.20pm.
However, according to Air-India’s manager in Doha, Debashis Golder, the proposal has been kept in abeyance because of a shortage of operating crew. No new date has yet been fixed, he added.
08/05/06 Gulf Times, Qatar
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