Saturday, March 05, 2016

Air India Express to Operate More Flights from Karipur

The Air India Express, the Kochi-headquartered low-cost arm of the national carrier Air India, is all set to make hay while the sun shines by introducing more flights from Kozhikode airport to various Middle East destinations in the wake of major airlines pulling out of the Kozhikode airport in connection with the slow progress of the runway re-carpeting being progressed at the airport.

A few days ago, Emirates, a large aircraft operator, closed its office at the airport, indicating that the major airlines would pull out from Kozhikode in the coming days in the wake of slow progress of runway expansion work being held there. Three major airlines, Air India, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Etihad Airways, have shifted the operations of their wide bodied and mid-sized aircraft falling in the category of Boeing 777/747 from Kozhikode to Kochi from May, 2015 in view of the runway re-carpeting work.

Speaking to ‘Express’, Aby George, Dy Chief of Customer Relation, Air India Express said: “we have already decided to increase flight service connecting Kozhikode to Gulf destinations from 44 to 53 from March 27 by introducing Kozhikode-Ras al-Khaimah flight, which would carry 186 passengers.

Besides, the Air India Express will give more focus to Kozhikode and start more services from there to Middle East destinations if major airlines pull out from there,” he said.
05/03/16 Dhinesh Kallungal/The New Indian Express
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