Thursday, May 07, 2020

Kial all set to receive expats

Kannur: Though Kannur International Airport is not in the preliminary list of airports to bring the evacuated expatriates from the Gulf countries, the facility is well equipped to receive them and the flights are likely to start operation for next week, said the airport officials.
Ever since Norka started the registration for the return of the expatriates, the airport had made arrangements as many expatriates have opted for this airport.
“We have got the information that the Air India Express has expressed their willingness to operate flight to Kannur and it has been communicated to the ministry of civil aviation, so it is quite likely that the operations would start next week, though the official announcement is yet to come,” said Kial managing director V Thulasidas. The first list is for the first one week, he said.

Apart from training the staff, the disinfection has also been completed and the system to conduct emigration and customs examination apart from the health check up is ready. The staff who deal with the people will wear PPE kit and everything would be done as per protocol. Even the baggage would be disinfected and the permission for the expatriates to go out from the airport would be as per the guidelines issued by the health department.

Kannur is the most accessible airport for the people of Kannur and Kasaragod districts from where many people are in the UAE, and as of now over 69,000 people have opted for this airport though it is not in the initial list.

Following this, political parties had launched a campaign and demanded the Centre to include Kial in the list. When the people from here are brought to other airports it would be difficult to transport them to the quarantine centres or their respective houses, said CPM leaders. Though the minister of state for external affairs, V Muraleedharan is from Kannur, the airport has not been included in the first list and the people have the right to know why, said the party.
07/05/20 Times of India
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