Saturday, September 15, 2012

NEWS | Chandy seeks waiver for quick launch of Air Kerala

The first meeting of the newly-constituted board of directors of Air Kerala will be held here Friday, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while discussing the speedy take-off of the Kerala government-sponsored airline.

Chandy was speaking to reporters at the Emerging Kerala investor meet after he submitted a list of urgent demands of the state government to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Among the items on the list was clearances required from the central government for the setting up of Air Kerala.
"For the past 35 years, Keralites have been demanding reduced airfares and better connectivity to the Middle East, where a large number of people from the state work. Air India also did not come to our help. We have now requested the prime minister to see that two conditions are waived so that Air Kerala can start operations," Chandy said. To start international operations, an airline should have successfully operated in the domestic sector for five years; it should also own a stipulated number of aircraft.



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