Tuesday, October 03, 2017

MIA confident of holding out competition from Kannur

Mangaluru: Even as Kannur International Airport at Mattannur is looking at official launch in September 2018, Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) is gearing up to face the potential challenge that second greenfield airport in neighboring Kerala poses. The airports - Mangaluru and Kannur are aerially separated by 128-kms. Incidentally, Calicut International Airport, the other Greenfield airport is 94-kms aerially from Kannur and 212-kms from MIA.
Confident that Kannur International Airport going online will not affect MIA's fortunes, airport director Vasamsetti Venkateshwara Rao said MIA has its own unique position in Karnataka as its only second international airport after Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru. "MIA has domestic-international passenger ratio of 60:40," he said adding that initial impact if any could be on international traffic with few passengers preferring to switch over to Kannur.
V V Rao told TOI that any new airport takes time to stabilize and air travellers too will weigh their options. Distance, convenience and facilities offered by the airport too matters for the discerning flyers, Rao said adding the fact that MIA ranks second among all AAI airports for customer satisfaction in South India too adds value. "We are constantly looking to evolve and add better facilities for passengers and not just keeping compeition in mind," he said.
02/10/17 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India

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