Thursday, August 09, 2018

Kerala to have more operational airports and a seaplane service soon

On a day when heavy rains and subsequent opening of dam shutters in Kerala caused suspension of operations for a brief period at Cochin International Airport, came resounding promises from Delhi to soon start amphibian seaplane operations and other air operations from the state.

"A greenfield airport at Kannur would be made operational from October 1. This airport will host flights on many UDAN routes, and Saudi Arabia Airlines have already promised to start international air operations from here," said Suresh Prabhu, Union minister for civil aviation.

"Indigo Airlines, Air India and Go Air have also promised to start domestic operations from here," said Prabhu, while announcing that the Calicut Airport would be upgraded soon. Already, the DGCA has given its safety approvals to the airport for starting operations of wide-bodied aircraft like the Airbus A-330 and Boeing B-777s from Calicut.
Elaborating on the operations out of Kannur, Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation, said Jet Air, Go Air and Indigo would start operations from Kannur Airport to Abu Dhabi, Dammam and Doha, once the airport starts operations from October.
09/08/18 Soumik Dey/The Week