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Saturday, 23 June, 2018, 17 : 25 PM [IST]

MoCA assures necessary amendments in air bilateral to make Kannur ‘Port of Call’ for foreign carriers

Kannur Airport to start operations in September this year: Kerala CM
Union Minister, Suresh Prabhu, who holds additional charge of Civil Aviatoion, has assured Kerala necessary changes in the existing air bilaterals to facilitate foreign carriers to start operations to the Kannur airport in North Kerala, which is slated to start operations by September this year. Briefing the media in Delhi after meeting the Union Minister, Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan said that he got the assurance from the Union Minister in this context. The Chief Minister has demanded MoCA to announce Kannur as a ‘Port of Call’ for foreign carriers. 

 Although there is interest being shown by Middle East carriers to open new route to Kannur, most of them have already exhausted the capacities as per the existing air bilateral with India. In this scenario, Kerala is pushing for necessary relaxation in air bilaterals to make the airport which is built on PPP make sense for the non-Resident Keralites and other travellers. Chief Minister said that the Union Minister was appreciative of the PPP model of airport development Kerala has successfully executed in Kannur. 

The Chief Minister also discussed issues related to expansion of both Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode Airport with the Union Minister. The AAI Chairman will visit the State soon to look into constraints of land availability in the state, the Chief Minister said. 

Vijayan said that study on the proposed Sabarimala airport is on in right earnest. 

 Briefing the achievements of his government which completed two years in office, Vijayan said that his government has been able to propose an ‘alternate development agenda’ for the state in all spheres. He spoke about the single window system for investors that the government has implemented and the consensus that has been built through consultations to exclude Tourism sector from ‘Hartals’ in the state.
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