Monday, August 07, 2023

‘Why Kannur airport doesn’t have as many flights as Goa airport?’ Congress spokesperson gets schooled by netizens after strange rant

On 5th August 2023, Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed took to Twitter to complain about the unavailability of flights to the Kannur airport in Kerala. She was schooled by the netizens about the operation of flights on various routes depending on passenger demand and occupancy levels.

Shama Mohamed tweeted, “Have to take a 2 am flight to Hyderabad & then a 6 am flight to Kannur from there because there are no Direct flights to Kannur from Delhi & the only airline which operates this route is Indigo. Kannur airport is 5 years old but we have hardly any direct flights and very few international flights (only operated by Indian aircraft). The new north Goa airport which is not even 2 years old has plenty of direct flights, many international flights! Why this step-motherly treatment at Kannur Airport Jyotiraditya Scindia?” Dr Shama Mohamed also shared a selfie with this post.

What Shama Mohamed did not think is that private airlines operate more flights on the routes which have passenger demand, and flight frequency depends upon passenger footfalls. The government cannot make more flights available on a route just because some entitled politician was inconvenienced.

Netizens stepped in to explain the realities of the business to the Congress spokesperson.

Swathi Bellam replied, “Ma’am why a selfie for this post? Goa gets the second highest number of tourists after Kashi in India So they have plenty of flights Kannur is just one of 600 + districts in India Forget about the airport the place didn’t have good highway connectivity during your party rule.”

She also posted, “They can’t put a direct flight just because you fly once in a year. Flights will come when there is commercial potential.”

Shiva replied, “Please direct this tweet to airline operators as it is a commercial decision by them on where to fly. Airlines rely on passengers to survive, not a passenger.”

07/08/2023 OpIndia

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