Kannur, Jan 19 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said the State government will put more pressure on Central Government to introduce more international and domestic flights from Kannur International Airport (KIA).
Addressing the KIA Limited shareholders meeting at Sadhoo auditorium here, Mr Vijayan, who is also its Chairman of the board, said everything is in place at KIAL to start all types of aircraft services from here.
Two companies - Indigo and Go Air, are ready to begin their international service from Kannur Airport, while "Air India" and "Spice Jet" has conducted survey to operate their services from here, the Chief Minister said.
"More additional passenger services are essential to help the NRIs and exporters to cater to pravasis and Industrialists" he said. For this purpose , the State Government has put additional pressure on the Union Government. However, the Central Government is yet to give its nod, the Chief Minister said.
International services, including to Kuwait and Bahrain, along with domestic service to Other States is the need of the hour. The number of passengers and export services from Kannur has to be strengthened, he added.
KIAL Managing Director V Thulasi Das presented the resolution before the Board of Directors to increase the share capital to Rs 3500 Crore from 1500 crore.
The next director Board meeting will be held at Thiruvanthapuram on January 21 to discuss about increase in the number of aircraft services from here.
Revenue Minister E Chandra Sekharan, Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, Health Minister K K Shailaja, Port Minister Ramachandran Kadanappally, Transport Minister A K Sasidharan and KIAL Director and Board members Anantha Krishnan (BPCL), Hassan Kunhi and Managing Director V Thulasidas also attended the meet. (UNI)