Living up to its image of always being at the forefront during natural calamities or rescue operations, Air India is trying to find a way to fly in and out of Kochi where the severely flooded civil airport is closed till August 26.
AI’s subsidiary Alliance Air (AA) will on Saturday operate a “proving flight” on an ATR (turboprop) to Kochi’s naval base. If found safe, AA plans to mount more flights to Kochi’s defence airbase and also pave the way for other airlines with turboprops like IndiGo, Jet and SpiceJet to do so.
“Our proving flight will leave from Bangalore for Kochi naval base on Saturday morning. The aircraft will have a team of DGCA and our flight safety officials. We have a regular Bangalore-Kochi (Cochin International Airport Ltd, CIAL) flight that has been suspended. If the proving flight to Kochi naval base goes as planned, we will start Bangalore-Kochi flight from Sunday. As of now we are planning double daily flights to Kochi (naval base) and if needed we can add more flights. Other airlines with ATRs can also do so,” AA CEO CS Subbiah said. According to parent AI’s website, AA has 15 ATRs. Read more