Soon, 6 new flights from MIA


Team Udayavani, Dec 8, 2018, 5:14 PM IST

Talks with aviation minister on Dec 11th regarding airport improvement

Mangaluru: As the countdown begins for Kannur airport to start functioning from tomorrow, there is a possibility that 6 additional flight routes may be added to Mangaluru International Airport (MIA).

In the backdrop of the company facing financial difficulties, two flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been stopped by Jet Airways since Dec 4th. But in the backdrop of Kannur airport getting ready to start function, this development has indeed saddened the passengers of Karavali. But amidst this, IndiGo Airlines is getting ready to start two new flight routes from MIA has become reason for a little happiness. There is a possibility that IndiGo flights from Mangaluru – Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru – Kochi may be started from Dec 10th.

The hopeful news is that it has been decided to begin 6 new flights from MIA. Along with IndiGo’s 2 new flight routes, talks have already been held with Air India for its flight routes from MIA – Pune, MIA – Dheli, MIA – Goa and MIA Bengaluru. In connection to this, the MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has already held talks with the aviation minister and the related officials.

Kanara Chambers visit to the minister

The Kanara Chamber Of Commerce & Industry has also called for additional flight services, runway extension, few basic facilities and provision of latest technical service to MIA. The Kanara Chambers has decided to meet the civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and hold talks with him in this regard. Speaking to ‘Udayavani’ on regarding the requirements, the Kanara Chambers President Abdul Ameed spoke and said,” We will be going for the inauguration celebration of Kannur airport. During that time we will meet the minister Suresh Prabhu and will place before him the demands for MIA,” he informed.

Train connection to the airport: Nalin

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has said that a new road of 2 kms length will be laid from Kenjar railway station to Malavoor thereby giving direct connection for those coming in trains from Kannur – Kasaragod and Konkan railways to the airport. Responding to the proposal put forth by ‘Udayavani’ through its articles on MIA, Nalin said,” This is a good suggestion. It is not difficult to be made into reality. But, the state government must acquire the land for the creation of the two km road. I’ll speak with the district in-charge minister in this regard. Similarly, I will also speak with the aviation minister,” he informed.

On the same occasion he said,” It has been decided to start 6 new flights from MIA through Air India and IndiGo flight services. In this connection, most of the preparations have been completed. There is a demand from the Kannadigas in Gulf to change the timings of Managluru-Kuwait Air India Express flight. This issue will be brought to the notice of the minister,” he said.

Aviation minister to be in Mangaluru on Dec 11th

The Union minister for aviation Sursh Prabhu will be arriving at MIA on Dec 11th and during that time, he will be inaugurating the new flight services from the airport and at the same time, the MIA advisory committee president MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has decided to place the few problems and requirements of the passengers before the minister.

Weekly international flights from MIA

Air India Flights

Dubai

14

Bharain-Kuwait

03

Damam

03

Muscat

03

Abu Dhabi

04

Doha

03

Spice Jet Flights

Dubai

07

Daily domestic flights from MIA

Mumbai

Bengaluru

Air India – 01

Spice Jet – 03

IndiGo – 02

Jet Airways – 03

Jet Airways – 03

IndiGo – 03

Hyderabad

Chennai

IndiGo – 02

IndiGo – 02

Delhi

Jet Airways – 01

Article by Suresh Puduvettu translated into English by Aaron Dmello

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