Foreign airlines to operate service from Kannur
Kannur: Numerous foreign airlines from Gulf countries, Malaysia and Singapore have come forward to operate service from Kannur International airport. But the delay in Centre's approval has become a major challenge to start the service of foreign airlines.
However, it is observed that service of foreign airlines will make Kannur airport profitable. Prominent foreign airlines including Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and Oman Air expressed interest to operate service from Kannur. They have expressed interest while attending a meeting summoned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Malindo air and Silk air also expressed willingness to operate services to Singapore and Malaysia from Kannur.
Meanwhile, the central government has not sanctioned the request of foreign airlines to operate flights from here. It is hinted that the centre has not given approval as Kannur airport has begun operational only for a few months.
At the same time, Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) authority stated that central agencies were completely impressed with the facilities in Kannur airport.
The airport authority earmarked Rs 200 crore as the annual expenditure to operate the airport. At present, income from aeronautical tariff, landing of flights and parking charges are the sources of income for Kannur airport.
According to the airport authority, there is a fall in income as most of the flight services come under UDAN scheme.
However, the airport has not completed the establishment of duty free shops, hotels and shopping complex which are regarded as source of non-aeronautical revenue. As Kannur airport is a greenfield airport, KIAL has to make payment for all services from the centre.