Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NEWS | Boost for Air Kerala as Ajit plans norm relax

Kerala’s ambitious Air Kerala proposal has got a boost with civil aviation ministry mooting relaxations in criteria of five years’ experience and a 20-aircraft fleet for Indian carriers to fly overseas.

Reacting to reports on civil aviation minister Ajit Singh’s plans to approach the Cabinet seeking the norms waiver, chief minister Oommen Chandy told Deccan Chronicle on Saturday that the government was awaiting an updated detailed project report by Ernst & Young on Air Kerala.
“I welcome Mr Ajit Singh’s stance and I’m the happiest because he agrees with our reasoning on waiving the Central guidelines”, said Mr Chandy.
Mr Ajit Singh’s priority included connectivity to Tier II and other non-metro cities but Mr Chandy said he would try and convince him of the need to accord top priority for the Kerala-backed airline in the Gulf sector.
Reportedly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, recently at the Emerging Kerala meet, had quipped that Kerala’s demand for the waiver was “genuine”.


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