Elections Halt Emirates Expansion Plans For Kerala

Emirates, the Dubai-based airline has inadvertently put a hold on its operations in Kerala. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to take a call on Calicut Airport’s plea to issue a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to Emirates for its operations in Kerala. According to the reports, top-level technical experts from Emirates had completed inspection of the Calicut Airport. The delegates of Emirates were positive about its operations at the Calicut Airport after AAI (Airports Authority of India) forwarded their application for allowing their services. A senior AAI official said, “The DGCA has been sitting pretty on the NOC request only because the one-month-long election code of conduct in India is yet to be lifted. The decision might come, once the election process is complete”.

Emirates is a key aviation player in South India with flights to and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram every day. As North Kerala has over 20 lakh natives staying in the Gulf countries, the demand for flights is quite high. Jessy Kurian, a nurse in Kuwait said “The huge demand-supply gap has started putting the Gulf-bound passenger from Kerala on the squeeze, after the withdrawal of Jet Air. We are at a loss for travel options,”.

Source: Financial Express

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