Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Air India to resume Jeddah-Kozhikode flights in December

Jeddah: Air India (AI) has decided to resume its Jeddah-Kozhikode direct flights this December. To start, there will be two services a week. The AI flight leaving from Jeddah at 10.30pm, will land in Kozhikode at 7am. After an hour, the same flight will leave for Thiruvananthapuram airport as a domestic flight. This flight will then return to Kozhikode in the evening and will fly to Jeddah at 5pm and land here at 9pm, AI spokesperson informed on Monday.
AI’s Kozhikode services were stopped since April 30, 2015, owing to runway expansion at Karipur airport. The airline spokesperson said that the Indian authorities have approved the plans to resume the flights. In June, AI conducted a feasibility study to resume the Jeddah flights. There is heavy rush of Umrah pilgrims apart from the regular passengers throughout the year. The Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) resumed its Kozhikode operations on December 5, 2018. Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has started daily direct flights from Jeddah to Kozhikode from April 20, this year.
29/10/19 Times of India
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