Emirates plans for Kerala put on hold due to Lok Sabha elections


Indian poll process has inadvertently put a hold on the homeward flight options of Kerala’s Gulf diaspora. DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) is yet to take a call on the plea from Calicut International Airport to issue an NOC (no-objection certificate) to the proposed Emirates operation to Calicut.

A team of top-level technical experts from Emirates had completed inspection of the the airport. Sources in Calicut Airport told FE that Emirates delegation was positive about having operations in Calicut too, after their services in two other Kerala airports and the AAI (Airports Authority of India) had forwarded the application for allowing services.

“The DGCA has been sitting pretty on the NOC request, only because the one month-long election code of conduct in India is yet to be lifted. The decision might come, once the election process is complete,” says a senior AAI offical. Read More

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