Saturday, February 09, 2019

Positive vibes from Kannur

Kannur: It has been two months since the Kannur international airport took wings, starting services to some Gulf and domestic destinations and the initial trends, according to Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL), are encouraging.

The airport project originally envisaged that 80% of passengers using the airport will be international passengers. But the figures show that domestic passengers in the airport inaugurated on December 9 outnumbered the international passengers, reflecting the rapid growth of Indian domestic aviation.“Domestic aviation in the country has been growing at the rate of around 20% a year and the Kannur airport is seeing its reflection,” said V. Thulasidas, managing director of KIAL.
In the first month, the ratio of domestic and international passengers was roughly 50:50, he said adding that as the airport was completing its second month, it was more like 60:40.

At present, Air India Express is operating flights to four stations in the Gulf, namely Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Riyad. Soon IndiGo will start Kuwait and Doha services, KIAL officials said.

GoAir also has plans to start services to three Gulf destinations, namely Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dammam. Already there are domestic services from Kannur to Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, and Hubli.

IndiGo will soon start operating services to Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. KIAL has also asked GoAir to start services to Thiruvananthapuram.
09/02/19 Mohamed Nazeer/The Hindu

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