Kerala, a south Indian state popular among tourists, is keen to launch its own airline, ‘Air Kerala’.
The new airline is being launched to propose more flight options to the South Indians working in the Gulf region who are currently dependent only on the national carrier and other squeezing international airlines to book their flights to India with a connection to the state.
Kerala is a much-popular destination among international travellers who net flights to India to relish the powers of nature and experience rustic image of the country. The state is known for its revitalising spas and offers amazing Ayurvedic treatments for ailments.
While making this announcement in the state assembly, Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala expressed though the state has already made initiatives directed towards launching this new airline, the efforts are still not yielding fruitful results as the norms of the country stipulate that an airline with a fleet of 20 aircrafts will only be permitted to operate international flights. Moreover, country’s aviation policy also says that an airline will be allowed to operate overseas flights only if it has completed five years of domestic operations.
According to Mr. Chandy, Kerala is the first Indian state that has come up with this idea and thus it should be given special consideration by the authorities.
The formal declaration of the launch of Air Kerala is likely to be made at the inaugural ‘Emerging Kerala’ investment meeting which is scheduled from September 12.