Foreign travellers looking for flights to India with a connection to Kerala can hope to fly on the state-run airline, ‘Air Kerala’ in future. The airline will possibly be launched to cater the international tourist inflow to the southern state of Kerala.

Far famed with the name of God’s Own Country, Kerala is ready to engrave its name in the India aviation scene by launching its own airline, ‘Air Kerala’.

The state-run airline will not only offer seamless flight options to the South Indians working in Gulf region but will also cater to the needs of Britons and other foreign vacationers who book flights to India every year to relish revitalising breaks in this beautiful holiday destination.

With its natural marvels, rustic charm and the famous backwaters, the state remains a top holiday spot in India and is undoubtedly a big reason for tourists to make reservations on flights landing in the Southeast Asian country.

The new airline is likely to enrich the tourism in the region and will bring pleasing rewards to international flyers who are dependent on the turbulent national carrier and other foreign airlines for booking their flights to the destination.

However, the formal declaration about the launch of the airline is expected to take place at the inaugural ‘Emerging Kerala’ investment meeting, scheduled from September 12. Also, things aren’t going to be easy for the southern state in its quest for the new airline.

Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala said while the state has already kick started the steps to launch the new airline “the efforts are not yielding much result owing to norms of the Centre that a company owning a fleet of 20 aircraft will be permitted to operate international service and only after five years of domestic operation an airline is considered for spreading its wings to overseas market,” he said.

“We hope that the Centre will favorably consider our request,” Mr Chandy added.

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