February 5th, 2022 5:50 PM 0 COMMENTS

Haj Panel Calls for Reopening the Embarkation Point at Calicut Airport

The Kerala State Haj Committee has asked for the revival of the Calicut International Airport as a Haj pilgrimage embarkation site. On Thursday, C. Mohammed Faizy, the committee's chairman, told the media that the Malabar region accounted for more than 80% of applicants for the Haj trip each year. Given this, naming the Cochin International Airport as the embarkation site, where just 20% of pilgrims rely, is an injustice. In... Read More

January 25th, 2022 5:37 PM 0 COMMENTS

Calicut Airport Demands Ministry to Resume the Operations of Wide-Bodied Aircraft

The Calicut International Airport’s Advisory Committee has requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to pace up the process to resume wide-body aircraft operations, suspended since the Air India Express flight accident held at the airport on August 7, 2020. The accident had nothing to do with the airport’s infrastructure, according to committee head M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, Member of Parliament. Samadani, who represents the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala, also... Read More

July 16th, 2020 5:58 AM 0 COMMENTS

Wide-Body Aircraft of Saudia Airlines Lands at Calicut Airport Putting an End to the Three-Year-Old Ban

Wide-body aircraft resumed operations at Calicut International Airport after a ban of three years. Saudi Arabian Airlines a.k.a. Saudia from Jeddah arrived at the airport and was welcomed with a water salute tradition. The flight carried 282 passengers onboard. Director General of Civil Aviation initially imposed the ban in May 2015 citing safety guidelines and re-carpeting works for six months. The ban was imposed after a court inquiry report on... Read More

July 16th, 2020 3:49 AM 0 COMMENTS

Calicut Airport May Soon Resume the Operations of Wide-Bodied Aircraft of Air India, Emirates

The wide-bodied aircraft of Air India and Emirates may soon commence operations from Calicut International Airport, possibly from next month. The airlines have submitted the reports of compatibility, safety and mitigation assessments necessary for the operation to the authorities. However, the airlines are yet to receive ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from civil aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Currently, Saudi Arabian Airlines is operating wide-bodied aircraft from... Read More

February 12th, 2022 8:10 PM 0 COMMENTS

No Plans to Reduce the Length of the Runway at Calicut International Airport: Scindia

In a reply given in Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia assured that there is no plan to shorten the length of the tabletop runway of Calicut International Airport to expand the Runway End Safety Area (RESA), to resume the operations of wide-bodied aircraft at the airport. Minister was answering the queries raised by M. K. Raghavan, an MP from Calicut, who is also the co-Chairman of the Calicut... Read More

February 7th, 2022 2:46 PM 0 COMMENTS

Kerala CM Directs the Health Department to Take Measures to Reduce the High Cost of RT-PCR in Airports

With increasing complaints from passengers about airport testing facilities charging exorbitant pricing for Rapid RT-PCR test, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the state to take necessary measures to keep the testing charges affordable for passengers. The direction was issued during the COVID-19 review meeting held on Friday. The complaints about testing facilities overpricing RT-PCR tests have come up from various... Read More

January 31st, 2022 3:07 PM 0 COMMENTS

Cochin Airport Claims the Third Position in International Passenger Traffic: AAI

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is the third busiest airport in India, according to the latest statistics released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The airport stood at the third position in the country in terms of international traffic in December 2021, a feat it has been enjoying for more than a year. According to AAI’s data on international passenger traffic, Cochin airport recorded 3,01,338 passengers. Delhi Indira Gandhi... Read More

December 10th, 2021 6:05 PM 0 COMMENTS

Government Plans to Privatise 25 Airports Under NMP in 2022-2025

The government has plans to privatise 25 more airports in India over the next five years. The plan, categorized under National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), was revealed by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh Retd in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. List of airports awaiting privatization The airports at Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Amritsar, Trichy, Indore, Raipur, Calicut, Coimbatore, Nagpur,... Read More

July 20th, 2020 4:44 PM 0 COMMENTS

Airports Authority of India is Installing Body Scanners at Airports

An important goal of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is to make travel as safe as possible for flyers. To follow this, AAI has decided that it will get 198 body scanners for a total of 63 Indian airports. These body scanners will then replace the current handheld devices for scanning and door metal detectors. The pat-down for searching of passengers for detecting metal objects will not be there... Read More

July 16th, 2020 5:59 AM 0 COMMENTS

MPs From North Malabar Raise Concerns On Dynamic Ticket Pricing System Of Air India

Lok Sabha members from North Kerala has raised various concerns regarding the ticket pricing, non-availability of flights to certain areas, etc. to the aviation minister Hardeep S. Puri in a meeting held in Delhi. One of the major issues discussed was the pricing anomaly practised by Air India. The airline adopts a dynamic pricing system for the tickets, where the airline will charge higher fares if the journey date is... Read More

July 16th, 2020 3:49 AM 0 COMMENTS

Emirates Maintains the Title of Operating the World’s Shortest Airbus A380 Flight Through Its New Dubai-Muscat Service

UAE-based Emirates airline has launched the world’s shortest Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Muscat. A series of announcements regarding the launch came on Twitter from the airline. Emirates will operate A380 services (flights EK862/863 and EK 864/865) two times a day between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Muscat International Airport (MCT) starting 1 July 2019. The inaugural A380 flight to Muscat (EK862) took off from Dubai International at 8.51... Read More

June 22nd, 2019 8:40 AM 0 COMMENTS

Air India Adds New Services on Mumbai-Nairobi, Mumbai-Amritsar and Delhi-Bali Routes

In another route addition, Air India has added services on Mumbai-Patna-Amritsar and Mumbai-Nairobi routes, announced Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The services will begin from 27 September 2019. Mumbai-Nairobi flight will be available four days a week. The announcement came on the occasion of World Tourism Day. To honour another long pending demand of devotees to provide air connectivity between Guru Nagri & Sri Patna Sahib, I am delighted... Read More

July 16th, 2020 6:00 AM 0 COMMENTS

Jet Airways’ Kerala Routes See No Takers

The airlines refuse to occupy the vacant slots of grounded Jet Airways in Kerala, reports the New Indian Express. No major airlines have come forward to take the slots in Kerala. Besides, the airlines that already received the slots in Kerala chose to abandon the state and decided to deploy the aircraft in more profitable routes. The grounded Jet Airways had 13 daily flights to various destinations including some international... Read More

July 3rd, 2019 11:00 AM 0 COMMENTS

DGCA to Conduct an Audit of Airlines Involved in Runway Overshoots

In the wake of a series of runway incidents, occurred in last five days, the aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is likely to conduct audits of the airlines involved in the incidents of runway veer off. The regulator has also issued an advisory to the airlines. We are going to audit the operations of some airlines. The advisory for all airlines is also released, a DGCA official... Read More

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