Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mangaloreans overjoyed at the prospect of a direct flight

Doha: There is excitement in the air with news of the imminent direct flight by Air India Express to Mangalore. When the historic maiden flight from Dubai flew directly to Mangalore on October 3, 2006, little did people here in Qatar realize that direct flights from Doha were high on the agenda. This is a major milestone; yet, the irony is that some of our fellow Mangaloreans are not aware of this major accomplishment.
When team set out on a mission to get the reaction of the members of the Mangalorean community in Qatar, it was an eye-opening exercise. We were surprised to learn a little known fact - that the Tulu speaking community of 'Tulunadu' had lobbied to make Mangalore an International airport way back in March 2000. It started off with a signature campaign which was addressed to the then Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Sharad Yadav. We have attached the related newspaper clippings and other documentation for the information of our readers.
21/02/07 Team Mangalorean, Qatar (with inputs from Joyce Alvares & Iqbal Manna)/
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