The Adani Group officially announced today to undertake the operations of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and is going to work on its management and development.
The Adani group made the announcement through a tweet describing how privileged they were to welcome and serve the passengers to ‘God’s Own Country.'
The group posted two tweets in English and Malayalam stating that it was pleased to share that Thiruvananthapuram was now a #GatewayToGoodness. It told how it is privileged to welcome passengers to god’s own country filled with lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and exquisite cuisine. They tweeted this formal takeover after midnight on Thursday.
Past Protests Against Private Ownership
According to a report from PTI, there have been protests by both ruling LDF and UDF against giving ownership to private companies despite the Adani group taking formal control over the operations of the airport.
There was even an undisputedly passed resolution in Kerala Assembly against the complete privatization of the airport in 2020.
As the Adani group took over the airport operations, Kerala’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan came out condemning this takeover and stated that this was a decision taken to protect the monopoly interests and not for the development of the facility.
Earlier, the Thiruvananthapuram airport, one of the four airports in the state, was owned by Airport Authorities of India since its institution in 1932 and is now fully privatized.