God’s own country now wants to fly planes


Kerala now wants to spread its wings and run a low cost airline called Air Kerala. The State Government has already approached the Central Government  for securing sanction for the project. Kerala wants to run airline as a low cost carrier connecting the State and the Gulf region said Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala. In the past, the Gulf has been home to many migrants from the State. 

“The government had already written a letter to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India in this regard and I will take up the matter personally during the meeting with the minister,” Chandy informed the State assembly as per a PTI report. The project will aim to prevent exploitation of Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) especially working in Gulf countries by airline companies through frequent hike in fares. The Minister says that the funds for the project are already in place with many non resident Keralites offering to invest in it. government.

Air Kerala was registered as a subsidiary of Cochin International Airport in 2005. It could not start international operations owing to government conditions stipulating a minimum fleet size of 20 air crafts and five years of operations in India. When the State approached successive Central governments for the flying permit, it was refused. It now wants the government to waive these stipulations. “If permission is denied again, the Kerala government would look for another option of making the company a subsidiary of any already operating airliner,” Chandy added.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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