Air India initiates procedures to shut down Karipur base station

V Krishnanand

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Karipur: Air India initiated proceedings to shut its base station at Kozhikode International Airport. The move apparently comes as a precursor to withdrawing Air India services from the airport.

The base station of the cabin crew and air hostess at the Kozhikode airport has been shifted to the airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Air India services are currently deployed on the routes: Sharjah- Kozhikode- Sharjah and Dubai- Kozhikode- Dubai. Air India has decided to hand over all its 321 services (annual total) at Kozhikode airport to Air India Express. As a result, Kozhikode airport will lose Sharjah and Dubai aircraft services with business classes.

Air India’s exit will also affect freight transport. At least 50 tonnes of goods can be transported on the A310 flight of Air India. However, the maximum freight that could be carried on B 737-800 aircraft of Air India Express is 19 tonnes, including the baggage of the passengers.

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