Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has promised that more domestic and international flight services will begin from Kannur airport. He made the statement while attending a meeting with CEOs of various airlines on Monday here.
Addressing the meeting, chief minister asked Air India to reduce the high ticket rate to Gulf countries from Kannur. Compared to other airports, Air India charges high ticket rates for flights to gulf countries from Kannur airport.
More air connectivity is needed to Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Singapore and Malaysia. At present, Air India Express is operating four international services from Kannur.
At present, international airlines are not permitted to operate service from Kannur. The union minstry of civil aviation has to review the decision.
Air India Express will operate new services to three countries from Kannur airport, said Air India Express CEO K Shyam Sundar. New flight services to Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat will begin. Air India Express CEO noted that scope of launching Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur flight will be examined.
IndiGo airlines will start operating flight services to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Hubli and Goa from January 25. IndiGo’s flight to Thiruvananthapuram will take off from Kannur by end of March. At the same time, IndiGo is planning to operate flights to Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait and Dammam within two months from Kannur International Airport.
GoAir officials informed that new domestic and international services will be started to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Muscat.
SpiceJet, a low-cost airlines in India, is considering to operate new flight services to Bengaluru and Chennai from KIAL.
The Chief Minister stated that feasibility report on Sabarimala airport is under the consideration of the government. The government is also considering to set up airstrips at Bekal in Kasaragod, Wayanad and Idukki, he added. Representatives of 10 domestic airlines and 12 international airlines attended the meeting. RN Choubey, secretary for union ministry of civil aviation appreciated the state government’s efforts to develop air connectivity in the state.