Saturday, November 23, 2019

Kial will not get ‘point of call’ status

Kannur: The clarification made by the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri that there is no plan to grant ‘point of call’ status to Kannur international airport (Kial) now has come as a shock, because it has dampened the possibility of foreign carriers getting permission to operate from Kannur.
In reply to a question by MP K Sudhakaran, last day, the minister made it clear that there is no plan for a ‘point of call’ status to the airport or railway line to Mattannur, citing that the facility is in an interior area.
Only those airports which have this status can get the permission to have the operations of foreign carriers. The reply comes at a time when the lobbying to get a nod for international carriers to operate from here is getting stronger and there is concern that the decision might affect the future of the airport.
The MP said that it is not right to consider Kannur, which has the greatest number of Indians working abroad, as an interior place and this approach should be corrected. He also said that a railway line is important for the development of the facility.
23/11/19 Times of India
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