Tuesday, October 30, 2018

KIAL says permission for Amit Shah’s flight to land granted by it and not state govt

Thiruvananthapuram: Kannur International Airport Ltd Monday said it was KIAL and not the state government that granted landing permission to the chartered aircraft carrying BJP President Amit Shah at that city on October 27, ahead of its formal inauguration on December 9.

The clarification came in the wake of the controversy which had erupted over the flight landing ahead of the inauguration date, with a Minister slamming Shah Sunday for threatening to oust the LDF government despite it allowing him to arrive there as part of state’s ‘tradition of hospitality’.

A KIAL release Monday said that since Kannur airport had received license for operations of non-scheduled flights, it can allow any requests for landing of flights,though operation of scheduled flights would commence after December 6. KIAL said the requisite amount for landing of the flight has to be paid to the airport operator, the release said.

On that basis, the chartered flight carrying the BJP president was permitted to land at the airport and the necessary charges were also paid. Besides this, two non scheduled flights were also permitted to land. It was KIAL and not the state government which granted permission for the flight to land, the airport authority said.
29/10/18 Indian Express