High-level meeting on September 2 to attract more airlines to T’Puram Airport – The New Indian Express

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a major step to attract more domestic and international air operators to Thiruvananthapuram airport, a high-level meeting will be held in the capital next week with various stakeholders. The event will be organized by various organizations in the city, including the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI).

Shashi Tharoor, MP, along with officials from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Limited (ATIAL), will lead the meeting. The meeting is scheduled for September 2 and all airline operators are expected to attend. MPs John Brittas, Adoor Prakash and NK Premachandran will also attend.

Other attendees include Jeet Adani, Head of Airports, Adani Group, VK Mathews, President of IBS, and Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of Infosys. “This is a major first step to attract air operators to Thiruvananthapuram Airport. The airport needs more flights and connectivity to various destinations. All air operators will attend the meeting. The meeting will ensure more flights from the airport in the future. Various airlines including the new Akasa Air will also participate,” said SN Reghuchandran Nair, Chairman of TCCI.

ATIAL prepares for a major expansion
At the same time, a master plan is being prepared by ATIAL for the development of the airport to world standards. ATIAL will also present the master plan to air operators during the meeting. In accordance with the master plan, there will be a major transformation of the domestic and international terminals. The master plan will only be finalized after having obtained the authorization of the director general of civil aviation (DGAC). The master plan also proposes a five-star hotel near the international terminal and a new air traffic control (ATC) tower.

The average number of passengers relying on Thiruvananthapuram Airport has doubled over the past two years. Sources said there is a 120% increase in international flights and a 110% increase in domestic flights on average per week. At present, more than 9,000 passengers use the airport daily, while two years ago it was 4,000 on average, airport sources said. The number of domestic passengers passing through Thiruvananthapuram airport has doubled in the past nine months.

The airport handled 1.31 lakh passengers in April 2022. This is an increase from 60,145 passengers in October last year. The number of domestic passengers in March was 97,633, while the April figure was 1,31,274. Airlines such as Indigo, Air India, Spice Jet and Vistara are currently operating services from Thiruvananthapuram to destinations such as Kochi, Kannur, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Durgapur and New Delhi.

Bengaluru is the busiest destination, with 35 weekly services. This is followed by Chennai with 22 weekly services, Delhi with 20 services and Mumbai with 15 services in a week. IndiGo leads the charts with 98 services in a week. According to a source at the airport, with an increase in the number of international and domestic air services, passengers have started to choose Thiruvananthapuram airport over others. Travelers who preferred Kochi airport before have started coming to Thiruvananthapuram now.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a major step to attract more domestic and international air operators to Thiruvananthapuram airport, a high-level meeting will be held in the capital next week with various stakeholders. The event will be organized by various organizations in the city, including the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). Shashi Tharoor, MP, along with officials from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Limited (ATIAL), will lead the meeting. The meeting is scheduled for September 2 and all airline operators are expected to attend. MPs John Brittas, Adoor Prakash and NK Premachandran will also attend. Other attendees include Jeet Adani, Head of Airports, Adani Group, VK Mathews, President of IBS, and Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of Infosys. “This is a major first step to attract air operators to Thiruvananthapuram Airport. The airport needs more flights and connectivity to various destinations. All air operators will attend the meeting. The meeting will ensure more flights from the airport in the future. Various airlines including the new Akasa Air will also participate,” said SN Reghuchandran Nair, Chairman of TCCI. ATIAL is gearing up for major expansion Meanwhile, a master plan is underway of preparation by ATIAL for the development of the airport to global standards. ATIAL will also present the master plan to the air operators during the meeting. In accordance with the master plan, there will be a major transformation of the domestic and international terminals. The master plan will only be finalized after obtaining the authorization of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).The master plan also proposes a five-star hotel. q stars near the international terminal and a new air traffic control (ATC) tower. The average number of passengers relying on Thiruvananthapuram Airport has doubled over the past two years. Sources said there is a 120% increase in international flights and a 110% increase in domestic flights on average per week. Currently, more than 9,000 passengers use the airport daily, compared to an average of 4,000 two years ago, airport sources said. The number of domestic passengers passing through Thiruvananthapuram airport has doubled in the past nine months. The airport handled 1.31 lakh passengers in April 2022. This is an increase from 60,145 passengers in October last year. The number of domestic passengers in March was 97,633, while the April figure was 1,31,274. Airlines such as Indigo, Air India, Spice Jet and Vistara are currently operating services from Thiruvananthapuram to destinations such as Kochi, Kannur, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Durgapur and New Delhi. Bengaluru is the busiest destination, with 35 weekly services. This is followed by Chennai with 22 weekly services, Delhi with 20 services and Mumbai with 15 services in a week. IndiGo leads the charts with 98 services in a week. According to a source at the airport, with an increase in the number of international and domestic air services, passengers have started to choose Thiruvananthapuram airport over others. Travelers who preferred Kochi airport before have started coming to Thiruvananthapuram now.

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