Kerala tourism industry urges state govt for better air connectivity

Published on : Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Kerala tourism industry is in the process of submitting a proposal to the government to ensure more intra-state and inter-state air connectivity to boost the sector.


“Intra and inter-state air connectivity is important for growth. We have decided to submit a proposal to the government to take up the matter with Airports Authority of India. We urgently need more direct flights from other countries to Kerala,” said president of Kerala Travel Mart society Baby Mathew, who added that Kerala was losing tourist due to poor air connectivity.


“There are Kochi-Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode-Kochi flights and most of them are full. This shows if there are adequate facilities at a reasonable price, people will prefer flights to save time,” said Mathew. Abad Hotels MD Riaz Ahmed said that feasibility is an issue.


“There is potential to promote business/tourism activities in the state. But to ensure this, the state needs good infrastructure, peaceful atmosphere, minimum controversies and good road connectivity to destinations,” said president of Indian Association of Tour Operators (Kerala) EM Najeeb.


There are few things that work against the idea, especially steep airport tax, passenger load, take-off and landing costs.


“Most people land in Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram. But getting to north Kerala is a challenge given our roads and poor connectivity,” said Escapade Resorts Pvt Ltd MD Jose Dominic. Except Wayanad, no other destination in north Kerala has been developed as a tourist destination of any importance.


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