Saturday, February 27, 2016

Federal govt has assured nod for Air Kerala project, says Chandy

Trivandrum: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the state government had received assurance from the federal government regarding exemption to the proposed Air Kerala project from the 5/20 norm.

Inaugurating the new international terminal at the Cochin International Airport on Friday, he said that the airline was ready to begin operations soon after receiving the exemption from the rule, which insists five years of domestic operations with a fleet of 20 aircraft for flying abroad.

The federal government's draft civil aviation policy has given three options with regards to the rule-retain the rule in current form, or abolish it altogether, or replace it with a system of domestic flying credits (DFC). Chandy said that he had personally taken up the matter at the highest level in Delhi several times.

The chief minister said the government had proposed the airline to end the exploitation of Keralites working in the Middle East. The airlines have been fleecing during peak traffic seasons.
27/02/16 T K Devasia/Khaleej Times

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