Friday, November 30, 2018

More airlines to operate from Kannur airport

Kannur: If everything goes according to the plan, more airlines would start operations from the Kannur International Airport in the Gulf sector as well as domestic destinations, and the final nod is being awaited from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said KIAL managing director V Thulasidas.

“As of now, only Air India Express has got clearance and they would be operating in the Gulf sector, but operators including GoAir, Indigo and Spiecejet are in different stages of discussion and, they are likely to start operations very soon, subject to the clearance,” he said during an interaction with the media at the airport on Thursday. Apart from Abu Dhabi, the AI Express will have services to Doha, Sharjah and Riyadh, while the service to Muscat would also start soon.

GoAir has evinced interest to have service to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Muscat and Kuwait as also domestic destinations like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. While Indigo’s focus is on domestic sector and wants to have services to Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Hubli and Thiruvananthapuram. If clearance is obtained, Go Air is likely to operate its first flight on December 9 itself, while Indigo will start services by the middle of January 2019, he said.

As per the present projection, there will be 12-13 services daily from Kannur airport by January, and in due course it would go up.

Though there were some issues associated with the services under the UDAN, the regional connectivity scheme of the central government, as it would not bring any revenue to the airport for the next three years. The central government has agreed for some relaxation, and a few airlines including Indigo are likely to have service under this scheme, he added.

30/11/18 P Sudhakaran/Times of India

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