Sunday, January 06, 2019

India's civil aviation ministry to discuss developing Kerala's new airport

India’s civil aviation ministry and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan have jointly convened a meeting on January 21 to discuss, among other things, the issue related to granting special permission to airlines from the Gulf region and India to operate daily flights to the newly opened Kannur International airport from various cities in the GCC region.

The meeting will be attended by senior officials from leading airlines from the Middle East region and India.

Government sources told Arabian Business that civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey is slated to attend the meeting, to be held in Trivandrum.
The managing director of Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) V Thulasidas will also attend the meeting, which is to discuss various initiatives to be taken to develop the new airport.

At present, only the state-owned Air India Express operates international flights to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and some other cities in GCC from the newly built Kannur airport, which was opened for operations on December 9 last year.

Go Air is the lone domestic carrier which operates from Kannur currently.

“We hope a favourable decision will be taken at the forthcoming meeting on our request for special permission to Gulf-based airlines and Indian carriers to fly from Kannur to the Gulf region, outside the bilateral flying rights between UAE and other GCC countries,” V Thulasidas, MD, KIAL, told Arabian Business.

KIAL had written to the union civil aviation ministry and director general of Civil Aviation, India’s aviation regulator prior to the inauguration of the airport, for allowing Gulf-based carriers to operate two daily flights to Kannur airport, outside the existing passenger capacities agreed under the bilateral flight rights.
06/01/19 James Mathew/Arabian Business