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Air Kerala to be launched soon

Traditional river craft sails through the backwaters
Image courtesy: Eddie Gerald

The formal announcement about Kerala’s new airline, Air Kerala, is expected to be made at the inaugural ‘Emerging Kerala’ investment meet scheduled to be held from September 12-14, 2012 in Kochi. The three-day event will be inaugurated by Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. Yusuf Ali, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-based EMKE Group will play a leading role in forming the new private airline. The other key stakeholders in this proposed airline will be the Kerala government and Gulf-based Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), according to a Khaleej Times report by Abdul Basit.

An airline launch always translates to good news for travellers. This means a lot of tickets at exciting prices, spanking new aircrafts and hopefully new destinations. This will also bring relief to the millions of Indians living in the Gulf region.  It’s not uncommon for people to be stranded in airports due to flight cancellations. Then there are the inordinate fare hikes in the peak season.

The company called Air Kerala was registered in India around four years ago. The new airline will follow the same model, which was adopted in forming the Cochin International Airport – the first airport in India that was constructed with private participation, outside the ambit of Airports Authority of India.

The Kerala government, NRIs from over 30 countries, travelling public, financial institutions, airport service providers and others are the major stakeholders in the Cochin airport.