Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ex-MLC blames airport authority, MPs for Mangaluru Airport's declining fortunes

Mangaluru: All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and former MLC Ivan D’Souza on Wednesday squarely blamed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the MPs from the region for the steady decline in fortunes of the Mangaluru International Airport.

D’Souza said that a `Save Airport' campaign would be launched if the laissez faire policy continues to affect the airport and the people of this region.

He told reporters that although 16 years had passed after international status was accorded to the Airport, barring Middle East, the AAI and MPs had failed to develop it as a hub for international tourist destinations like Sri Lanka and east Asian countries.

D’Souza's tirade came after an airline withdrew its Mangaluru-Delhi flight recently.

D’Souza said of the high volume flights to Mumbai, only two were operating now instead of nine.

``If the airlines have schedule time slots like 11.30pm for Bengaluru and Delhi, how can they expect patronage from passengers," D’Souza said.

He targeted MPs Shobha Karandlaje, Sadananda Gowda and Nalin Kumar Kateel for the declining fortunes of the airport alleging the MPs were only interested in using the airport for their travel and not for public benefit.

14/04/21 Stanely Pinto/Times of India

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