Higher fares, fewer flights to Kerala: Cannot meddle in Air India's affairs, says Union Govt

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Karipur: The Union Government said they have limitations in interfering in the affairs of Air India following its sale to Tata.

The written reply from Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh came in after Kozhikode Airport Advisory Committee chairman Dr Abdussamad Samadani MP raised concern over Air India cutting down its services in the state.

In the reply, the government clarified that Air India revised their services owing to airport slots availability, market demand, and monetary possibilities. The government won't interfere with airline companies' policies.

The revision in Air India services from Kerala continues to affect travellers, especially Malayalis in the Middle East. Besides reducing the number of services and shifting flights to Air India Express, the airline company has now cut down on age relaxations provided for ticket fares for children. As per the booking website, the ticket rate for children and adults remains the same. Those who booked tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday paid similar fares. Previously, children's ticket fares were reduced by 10 per cent. Additionally, ticket rates to the Middle East remain high, often triple the earlier rate from airports in Kerala.

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