Air India Express (AIE) will reinstate 12 flights a week from Kerala to the Gulf effective this december, and another 14 in January, which had been cancelled due to staff shortage.
Air India Express Chief Operating Officer Captain Pawan Arora told reporters here yesterday that 12 services would be restored from next month and 14 more in January next. The flights from the Kozhikode, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram airports had been cancelled during September causing widespread uproar among the passengers.
later the same month some of them were reinstated. A recruitment exercise for cabin crew was done and they are being trained in a phased manner starting every Monday effective from this month. This will help to overcome the crew shortage and hence Flight operations from kerala will not be disturbed in the future.
During January next, AIE plans to introduce few more flights from Kerala. Capt Arora reassured the traveling public of Kerala, the management's earnest commitment to the State of Kerala as a whole. "The entire team of Air India Express is totally committed to ensure smooth operations out of all the three Airports in Kerala." he said.
Arora hinted that AIE would shift its base to Kerala soon and Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi were the priority cities. is The Engineering Hub of Air India would be shifted to the state capital after the completion of the ongoing construction of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overall) unit at thiruvananthapuramin April 2011.
AIE decided to utilise its aircrafts in domestic Sector as many aircrafts are found idled during day time, after being operated in International Sector especially during nights.
Such aircrafts will be operated to connect Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in Domestic sector in the country. "The entire team of Air India Express is totally committed to ensure smooth operations out of all the three Airports in Kerala," he said. pti corr ud