Tuesday, December 25, 2018

‘Tvm airport losing out to Cial over fares’

Thiruvananthapuram: A survey conducted by Trivandrum Airport Users Forum – a collective of airport users – found that over 50% of passengers preferred Cochin airport (Cial) over the one in Trivandrum due to the fare difference.
The survey was conducted in the capital after the Centre proposed a PPP model to develop the airport.

The collective surveyed 700 frequent flyers at the airport to compile views on the facilities available (connectivity to international and domestic routes), operation of budget airlines, frequency of connectivity and overall quality of services. The collective includes members of Trivandrum Development Front, a Thiruvananthapuram citizen collective and Technopark employees.

Based on survey findings, the collective concluded that the proposed PPP-model development will give a much-needed impetus to Trivandrum airport. “The survey aims to identify the trend by collating info only from frequent travellers. We will give recommendations to government and other stakeholders on development of the airport and improving connectivity,” said spokesperson of the collective Anil Kumar Pandala, a former vice-president of Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company.

Interestingly, 80% of the respondents were familiar with Cial as they had that airport too. “We noticed that demands of airport authority employees, airline operators and political leaders are reported everywhere. Nobody asked travellers or airport users on the PPP proposal for Trivandrum airport. Thus, the idea for a survey took shape,” said Robin K Rajan, a software engineer at Technopark.
24/12/18 Anasooya S/Times of India
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