Monday, December 03, 2018

Gulf airlines plan twice daily flights to Kerala's new airport

Gulf airlines are likely to get special permission from the Indian civil aviation authorities to operate two daily flights to Kannur International Airport, the new international airport in the southern state of Kerala that starts operations from Sunday next. 

The flights, if allowed, will be outside the ambit of the bilateral rights on maximum number of airline seats currently agreed upon between India and countries in the Gulf region.

A similar special permission is expected to be granted for some of the Indian carriers proposing to operate to various airports in the Middle East.

The additional rights to airlines for flying to Kannur is expected to be sanctioned, based on a special request made by the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) authorities to India’s civil aviation ministry.

“We have written to the civil aviation ministry and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) for special permission for allowing two daily flights each by airlines from Gulf countries which plan to operate their flights to KIAL in the initial phase,” V Thulasidas, managing director of KIAL, told Arabian Business in an exclusive interview.
02/12/18 James Mathew/Arabian Business