New services from Karipur airport; ban on wide-bodied aircraft continues


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Karipur: Though Ministry of Civil Aviation has not yet revoked ban on operating wide-bodied aircraft at Karipur airport after the plane crash in 2020, it still has new hopes. With resumption of international flights from March 27 after Covid-19 break, the airport is readying itself to achieve new heights.

Interestingly, Air India and four other international carriers will start new services from the airport. The aircraft carriers are planning to begin operations from March 27 itself.

Air India and Air India Express will operate services to regions like Dammam and Riyadh. Air India will begin services to Dubai and Sharjah. The number of services to Riyadh has also been increased. In all days, except Monday and Thursday, Calicut- Dammam flights will be operating. Calicut-Mumbai-Calicut service will be resumed.

Indigo Air plans to start direct services to Jeddah. Until April 9, the flights will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. While from April 10, there will be daily flights.

Similarly, Oman Air Premium, which dissociated with the airport for the past two years, will resume operations. Three premium services will be operated on a daily basis. The flights will be to Muscat, Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and Qatar.

Gulf Air has announced daily Calicut-Bahrain flights. Flynas will operate flights to Riyadh flights on all days except Saturdays.

The ban on wide-bodied aircraft will restrict operations of Saudi Air and Etihad.


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