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Old October 5th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #841
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Old October 5th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #842
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CIAL celebrates 10th year anniversary of Cochin Duty Free (CDF). The company has set this year's target to Rs 100 Crore from Duty Free sales.

The CIAL-Alpha Kreol operated CDF was started in 2002. Ever since it was one of the largest duty free and one of the most consistent growing facility.

As part of increased operations, a new 5000 sqft departures duty free is planned, apart from a large electronics and gold showrooms in both arrivals/departures duty free facility.

The agreement with Alpha Kreol ends by March 2012, and the company is planning to rope in more bigger larger duty free operators, to ensure lower prices and better shopping facilities/experience.

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Old October 5th, 2011, 07:16 AM   #843
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Jet Airways announced direct Kochi-Nagpur flights from Nov 30th onwards. The daily flight will be via Hyderabad as a stopover, without change of flights...
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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #844
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AI Express to stop full night operations

The directorate general of civil aviation's new rules on pilots' duty time will increase the requirement of pilots for airlines because of increase in rest periods.

However, for Air India Express, the impact is not limited to hiring more pilots.

The government carrier's low-cost arm will change flight schedules from next February because the DGCA rule places restrictions on pilots' duty time for flights operated after midnight.

Most of AI Express' departures to the Gulf are in the late evening and night.

The DGCA's rules on flight duty time limitation for cockpit crew will come into effect from February.

For the first time, the civil aviation regulator has specified pilot duty hours when flying during the window of circadian lows.

The WOCL is the period from 2-6 am, when the human mind and body alertness is lower than at other times of the day.

Under the new rules, the total duty time of a pilot reduces by a certain margin in case he/she operates a flight during this period.

Also, the new rules have restrictions on deputing pilots on consecutive night duties.

These measures were demanded by the pilots' union, which highlighted the issue of fatigue among pilots. The fatigue issue was also raised following the crash of the AI Express Boeing 737 at Mangalore last May.

AI Express operates 195 weekly flights, mostly from Kerala.

"Currently, our flights depart from India at 7-9 p.m. and land in local destinations before midnight. On their return, they land in India in the early morning.

"As a result, passengers in both India and the Gulf get a complete day for themselves before the flight. We will be advancing the departures of our flights from India by two to three hours, so that they return before 2 am,"' said the airline's chief operating officer, S Chandrakumar.

Flights to Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain and Doha will have to be rescheduled, he said. Also, the airline will operate point-to-point direct flights.

Currently, the airline flies Calicut-Doha via Kochi and Bahrain; it will now not fly via Kochi and will fly direct to the Gulf.

"There will be no curtailment of schedules,'' he said. The airline has 115 commanders, including 19 expatriate pilots. It is also hiring more pilots for its expansion.

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Firefly- the Airport Lounge

Happened to see the pics of new Firefly Airport Lounge restaurant bar cum terrace garden dining





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Old October 5th, 2011, 05:07 PM   #846
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Works for CIAL Golf Course Phase 2 started from today onwards. The second phase of CIAL Airport Golf Course aims to increase the play area and number of holes from 9 to 18. The works are expected to complete May 2012 and CIAL Golf Course will have the distinct of being the first and only 18 hole golf course in Kerala.

4 leading consultancies and agencies are involved in designing and construction works of Phase 2. The aim is to create a world class field, capable of hosting international championship events.

Along with this, works of International Indoor Stadium will commence by end of this month, once the designs are approved by the Directorial Board. As per current design specifications, subjected to approval, focus for creating a 3000 seater Tennis Court, a 10,000 seater Basketball cum Badminton court, 6 courts for Table Tennis, a shooting range court, a Pool lounge with 10 pool tables and billards and open hockey field. In addition, the indoor stadium will have numerous of practice courts and recreation center for other games. A state-of-the-art Aquatics cum Water sports complex will be part of the stadium.

Along with 2nd phase of CIAL Golf course, a Golf Academy will set up, to train members who have no knowledge about golf. In addition, the company will be soon hosting international tournaments.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:19 AM   #847
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The Air India Express, the low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India, is set to reschedule its night flight services with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) introducing new norms for pilots’ duty time.

The airline will reschedule most of its night flight services from February 2012. Headquartered in Kochi, most of Air India Express flights serve the gulf region with a majority of them currently departing at late evening between 7 p.m and 9 p.m. AI Express operates 195 weekly flights, most of them from Kerala. “It does not mean that we are going to cancel any of our flights, we are just rescheduling the time to comply with DGCA regulations,” said S Chandrakumar, chief operating officer, of the airline. Since we have bookings till January we don’t want to change the schedule now which would result in inconvenience to passengers. Besides, the DGCA norm will come in place only in February,” Chandrakumar said.

However, he agreed that the new schedule might cause inconvenience for those who return after leave. “At the same time, the revised schedule would be convenient for those coming back home,” he said.

The DGCA’s rules on flight duty time limitation for cockpit crew will come into effect from February. For the first time, the DGCA has specified pilot duty hours when flying during the Window of Circadian Law (WOCL). The WOCL is the period from 2 a.m to 6 a.m., a time when the alertness of human mind and body is much lower than at other times of the day. Under the new rules, the total duty time of a pilot gets reduced by a certain margin in case he or she operates a flight during this period. Also, the new rules have restrictions on deputing pilots on consecutive night duties.

The departure time of our flights will be advanced. For example, the departure at 8 p.m. will be advanced to 5 p.m. so that the flights can fly back and reach India almost before 12. Besides, there will be more direct flights as part of time management,” Chandrakumar said.
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The updated Google Maps of Cochin Area. One can now see the completed MRO and increased parking bay.

I have marked the new developments as for new 1 Million Sqft International Terminal, Radar Station, MRO facilities..........
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The Updated images shows the developments of new Terrace Garden Restaurant and Lounge bar- Firefly.
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കേരളത്തിലെ മൂന്നു വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളിലെയും തുറമുഖങ്ങളിലെയും എമിഗ്രേഷന്* പരിശോധന കേന്ദ്ര ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന്* തീരുമാനമായി. നവംബര്* മൂന്നു മുതലാണ് എമിഗ്രേഷന്* വിഭാഗത്തിന്റെ നിയന്ത്രണം ഐ.ബി ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നത്. എമിഗ്രേഷന്* പരിശോധന ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി തിരുവനന്തപുരം, കോഴിക്കോട് വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളില്* എസ്.പിമാരെ നിയമിച്ചുകഴിഞ്ഞു. അഡ്മിനിസ്*ട്രേഷന്* വിഭാഗം ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരെയും നിയമിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. എന്നാല്* കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ എസ്.പിയെ നിയമിച്ചിട്ടില്ല. അടുത്ത ദിവസങ്ങളില്* തന്നെ നിയമനം നടക്കും. നവംബര്* മൂന്നു മുതലാണ് കേരളത്തിലെ എയര്*പോര്*ട്ടുകളിലെയും തുറമുഖങ്ങളിലെയും എമിഗ്രേഷന്* പരിശോധന ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നത്.

നിലവില്* കേരളാ പോലീസാണ് വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളില്* എമിഗ്രേഷന്* പരിശോധന നടത്തുന്നത്. സുരക്ഷ കൂടുതല്* ശക്തമാക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായാണ് എമിഗ്രേഷന്* വിഭാഗത്തിന്റെ നിയന്ത്രണം ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നത്. വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങള്* വഴി മനുഷ്യക്കടത്തും മറ്റും വ്യാപകമായി നടക്കുന്നത് ശ്രദ്ധയില്*പെട്ടതിനെ തുടര്*ന്നാണ് കേന്ദ്ര ആഭ്യന്തരമന്ത്രാലയം കേരളത്തിലെ വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളിലെ എമിഗ്രേഷന്* പരിശോധന ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന്* തീരുമാനമെടുത്തത്.

കേരളത്തിലെ വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളിലും തുറമുഖങ്ങളിലുമായി 1200ല്* പരം ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരെ ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോയ്ക്ക് ആവശ്യമായിവരും. എസ്.പിമാരെ ഐ.ബി നിയമിക്കും. കോണ്*സ്റ്റബിള്* മുതല്* ഡിവൈ.എസ്.പി വരെയുള്ള ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരെ ഡെപ്യൂട്ടേഷനില്* നിയമിക്കാനാണ് ലക്ഷ്യമിടുന്നത്. നിലവില്* വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളിലെ എമിഗ്രേഷന്* വിഭാഗത്തില്* ജോലിനോക്കുന്നവരോട് താല്പര്യം അറിയിക്കാന്* ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഐ.ബിയില്* ഡെപ്യൂട്ടേഷനില്* ജോലിചെയ്യാന്* താല്പര്യം പ്രകടിപ്പിക്കുന്നവരുടെ കഴിഞ്ഞ 5 വര്*ഷത്തെ പ്രവര്*ത്തനം പരിശോധിച്ച ശേഷമായിരിക്കും നിയമനം. ഡിഗ്രി ഉള്ളവരെ മാത്രമെ ഐ.ബിയില്* നിയമിക്കൂ. സിഐഎസ്എഫ്, ബിഎസ്എഫ്, ആര്*.ടി.എഫ്, ഇന്*ഡോ-ടിബറ്റന്* ബോര്*ഡര്* പോലീസ് എന്നിവിടങ്ങളില്*നിന്നുമെല്ലാം ഐ.ബി ഡെപ്യൂട്ടേഷനില്* ജീവനക്കാരെ നിയമിക്കും. ഘട്ടംഘട്ടമായായിരിക്കും നിയമനങ്ങള്*. ഒരുവര്*ഷത്തിനുള്ളില്* പൂര്*ണമായും ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോയുടെ നിയന്ത്രണത്തിലാകും.

ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നതോടെ കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* ഫോറിനേഴ്*സ് റീജിയണല്* രജിസ്*ട്രേഷന്* ഓഫീസറും (എഫ്.ആര്*.ആര്*.ഒ) ഉണ്ടാകും. 180 ദിവസത്തില്* കൂടുതല്* കാലാവധിയുള്ള വിസയുമായി വിദേശത്തുനിന്നും എത്തുന്നവര്*ക്ക് കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* അവരുടെ വിവരങ്ങള്* രജിസ്റ്റര്* ചെയ്യാന്* സൗകര്യമുണ്ടാകും. കേരളത്തില്* കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* മാത്രമെ എഫ്ആര്*ആര്*ഒ ഉണ്ടാകൂ. മറ്റു വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങളില്* എസ്.പിമാര്*ക്കായിരിക്കും എഫ്ആര്*ആര്*ഒയുടെ ചുമതല.

കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* 223 സബ്ഇന്*സ്*പെക്ടര്*മാരടക്കം മൊത്തം 330 പേരെയും കോഴിക്കോട് വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* 262 പേരെയും തിരുവനന്തപുരം വിമാനത്താവളത്തില്* 225 പേരെയും ഇന്*റലിജന്*സ് ബ്യൂറോ നിയമിക്കും.

http://www.mathrubhumi.com/story.php?id=220320
Intelligence Bureau of India, India's premier intelligence agency is all set to take over entire Emigration/Immigration services across all Airport/Seaports of Kerala.

SP and admin staff has been posted in TVM and Kozhikode airports while SPs will be posted in Kochi within a week. Around 1200 personnel drawn from BSF, CISF, ITBP, CRPF etc will be deputed to 3 airports and seaports. Currently Kerala Police's Special Branch is deputed to Emigration works.

IB will appoint an independent Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) at Kochi Airport. By appointing an FRRO, powers for extension of foreigners's visa more than 180 days as well as other visa related issues can be sorted here itself. Thus, Cochin will become the 6th airport after 5 Metro airports, to have an independent FRRO officer.

In other 2 airports, SPs will have few powers of FRRO (designated as AFRRO).

Around 330 officials, including 223 Sub Inspectors will be posted in Cochin Airport, while 262 officials in Kozhikode and 225 officials at TVM.
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കൊച്ചിയില്* നിന്ന് യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് നേരിട്ട് സര്*വീസ് തുടങ്ങുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി ലുഫ്ത്താന്*സ എയര്*ലൈന്*സ് സൗത്ത് ഏഷ്യ ഡയറക്ടര്* ആക്*സല്* ഹില്*ഗേഴ്*സ് കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തിലെത്തി അധികൃതരുമായി ചര്*ച്ച നടത്തി. സിയാല്* ഉന്നത ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരും, ട്രാവല്*, ടൂറിസം, ചേമ്പര്* ഓഫ് കൊമേഴ്*സ്, ഹോട്ടല്* എന്നിവയുടെ പ്രതിനിധികളും ചര്*ച്ചയില്* പങ്കെടുത്തു.

കൊച്ചിയില്* നിന്ന് യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് സര്*വീസ് ആരംഭിക്കാന്* ലുഫ്ത്താന്*സയ്ക്ക് താല്പര്യമുണ്ടെന്ന് അറിയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. ജര്*മനിയില്* നിന്ന് ലുഫ്ത്താന്*സയുടെ ഉന്നതസംഘം കൊച്ചിയിലെത്തി വിശദമായ ചര്*ച്ചകള്* നടത്തും. തുടര്*ന്നാണ് സര്*വീസ് ആരംഭിക്കുന്നതു സംബന്ധിച്ച് അന്തിമ തീരുമാനമുണ്ടാകുക. കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവളത്തിലെ സൗകര്യങ്ങളും സംവിധാനങ്ങളും സൗത്ത് ഏഷ്യ ഡയറക്ടര്* കണ്ടു മനസ്സിലാക്കി.
കൊച്ചിയില്* നിന്ന് യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് ആഴ്ചയില്* 2000-3000 യാത്രക്കാര്* പോകുന്നുണ്ടെന്നാണ് കണക്കുകള്* സൂചിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്.

കൊച്ചിയില്* നിന്നും യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് നിത്യേന സര്*വീസ് നടത്താനാകുംവിധം യാത്രക്കാര്* ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്നാണ് അധികൃതര്* പറയുന്നത്. എങ്കിലും ആദ്യപടിയെന്ന നിലയില്* ആഴ്ചയില്* മൂന്നു സര്*വ്വീസെങ്കിലും നടത്താന്* കഴിഞ്ഞാല്* അത് വലിയ നേട്ടമാകും.ട്രാവല്*, ടൂറിസം, ചേമ്പര്* ഓഫ് കൊമേഴ്*സ്, ഹോട്ടല്* തുടങ്ങിയവയുടെ പ്രതിനിധികളെ ഉള്*പ്പെടുത്തി യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് വിമാന സര്*വീസ് തുടങ്ങുന്നതിനുള്ള ശ്രമത്തിനായി കമ്മിറ്റി രൂപവത്കരിച്ചിരുന്നു. നിലവില്* ഗള്*ഫ് വഴിയാണ് കൊച്ചിയില്* നിന്നുള്ളവര്* അധികവും യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് പോകുന്നത്.

http://www.mathrubhumi.com/nri/europe/article_220245/
Lufthansa South Asia Director Axal Hilgoss visted Cochin Airport and held talks with MD Kurien and other officials. He held a meeting with representives of Chamber of commerce, Travel agents, tourism authorities and security officials, about possibility to start services from Frankfurt to Kochi.

He said, Lufthansa is interested to start the services and will soon meet senior officials at Germany for route planning. He expects a positive outcome out of it. He also inspected and expressed his satisfaction in the facilities of CIAL.

He was informed that, there are around 2000-3000 passengers weekly from Kochi/Kerala to Europe and hence the services would be profitable, as currently they are routed via West Asian countries or Mumbai.

The authorities informed, that though there will be passengers for a daily flight, still for testing purpose, 3 flights per week would be enough for initially.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #853
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Tough competition ahead as new airlines arrive

Applications for at least four new regional carriers to kick start flight operations are sitting on the Aviation Minister- Vayalar Ravi’s table for approval.
Karina Airlines International Limited, Air Pegasus, Religare and Deccan Charters Limited have all applied to ply in the various regions of the country.
While Air Pegasus is being promoted by the Décor Aviation Private Limited (a company providing ground handling services) is to ply between Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Calicut, Madurai, Coimbatore and other II and III tier cities in the south, Karina Airlines have applied for routes like Delhi-Dehradun-Gauchar-Pantanagar and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur.
Even corporates like Religare are exploring the domestic aviation market under their Religare Voyages Limited division which have been offering charter services so far. Religare is looking at doing routes like Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar and Ludhiana. Deccan Charters under Capt Gopinath’s banner is looking at routes in Ahmedabad-Surat-Kandla-Porbandar areas.
“These airlines have already been cleared by the Empowered Committee on Air Transport Services, their applications are now before the minister for final clearance,” a ministry official said. While Air Pegasus will operate with a fleet of ATR 72-500, Karina Airlines have Beechcraft. “We are mainly looking at tapping the feeder service market for international airlines wherein our flights will connect in time to match the departure/arrival for international travelers,” Shyson Thomas, Managing Director of Air Pegasus revealed. Similarly, Karina Airlines is tapping in on the potential that the business travelers offer in operating the very niche regions that they have applied for.
Thomas promises that regional carriers can bring down fares for the regional connectivity.
“For routes that we are doing, I am sure we can offer all inclusive fares of Rs2,000 to the passengers. A flight from Bangalore to Trichy is being charged at Rs7,000 currently. But our business plan is clear and we are sure that we can breakeven in the first year with the current pricing that we have on mind,” Thomas said.
Regional services as a concept has not taken off in the past owing to various bureaucratic hurdles.
“Almost eighteen airlines have applied for regional services since 2007 and seven were given the no objection certificate. But somehow, none of them sustained in the market owing to a combination of bureaucratic and economic reasons,” a ministry insider said.
Whether the new regional carriers stick to their promises of low fare remains to be seen.

http://expressbuzz.com/finance/tough...ve/321128.html

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Applications for at least four new regional carriers to kick start flight operations are sitting on the Aviation Minister- Vayalar Ravi’s table for approval.
Karina Airlines International Limited, Air Pegasus, Religare and Deccan Charters Limited have all applied to ply in the various regions of the country.
While Air Pegasus is being promoted by the Décor Aviation Private Limited (a company providing ground handling services) is to ply between Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Calicut, Madurai, Coimbatore and other II and III tier cities in the south, Karina Airlines have applied for routes like Delhi-Dehradun-Gauchar-Pantanagar and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur.
Even corporates like Religare are exploring the domestic aviation market under their Religare Voyages Limited division which have been offering charter services so far. Religare is looking at doing routes like Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar and Ludhiana. Deccan Charters under Capt Gopinath’s banner is looking at routes in Ahmedabad-Surat-Kandla-Porbandar areas.
“These airlines have already been cleared by the Empowered Committee on Air Transport Services, their applications are now before the minister for final clearance,” a ministry official said. While Air Pegasus will operate with a fleet of ATR 72-500, Karina Airlines have Beechcraft. “We are mainly looking at tapping the feeder service market for international airlines wherein our flights will connect in time to match the departure/arrival for international travelers,” Shyson Thomas, Managing Director of Air Pegasus revealed. Similarly, Karina Airlines is tapping in on the potential that the business travelers offer in operating the very niche regions that they have applied for.
Thomas promises that regional carriers can bring down fares for the regional connectivity.
“For routes that we are doing, I am sure we can offer all inclusive fares of Rs2,000 to the passengers. A flight from Bangalore to Trichy is being charged at Rs7,000 currently. But our business plan is clear and we are sure that we can breakeven in the first year with the current pricing that we have on mind,” Thomas said.
Regional services as a concept has not taken off in the past owing to various bureaucratic hurdles.
“Almost eighteen airlines have applied for regional services since 2007 and seven were given the no objection certificate. But somehow, none of them sustained in the market owing to a combination of bureaucratic and economic reasons,” a ministry insider said.
Whether the new regional carriers stick to their promises of low fare remains to be seen.

http://expressbuzz.com/finance/tough...ve/321128.html
I don't believe, this regional airlines model will successful, atleast in South and West India.... May be it would be successful in Eastern areas and North, but definitely difficult in Southern markets....

One biggest hurdle is more low cost airlines like Spicejet, Indigo are aggressively entering into connectivity between Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. These airlines has best of National, regional and international connectivity, hence reducing the chances of services of dedicated services.

The Southern and Western areas are more accessible thro' other means, hence the option of air connectivity is low, after competition of both regular airlines and helicopter services....

Anyways, nice to hear more airlines connecting Kochi. I wish, these airlines present more viable model, so as to ensure a better longer life.....
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Lufthansa South Asia Director Axal Hilgoss visted Cochin Airport and held talks with MD Kurien and other officials. He held a meeting with representives of Chamber of commerce, Travel agents, tourism authorities and security officials, about possibility to start services from Frankfurt to Kochi.

He said, Lufthansa is interested to start the services and will soon meet senior officials at Germany for route planning. He expects a positive outcome out of it. He also inspected and expressed his satisfaction in the facilities of CIAL.

He was informed that, there are around 2000-3000 passengers weekly from Kochi/Kerala to Europe and hence the services would be profitable, as currently they are routed via West Asian countries or Mumbai.

The authorities informed, that though there will be passengers for a daily flight, still for testing purpose, 3 flights per week would be enough for initially.
Lufthansa as an airline is preferred by Europeans as compared to NRI's. The reason is because the service is top class and cannot be compared to the Middle Eastern airlines where harrasment is always prevailing during travel. Summer season would have good load factors since Europeans and Americans would like to travel elsewhere for a big break. But NRI's coming in from America prefer Middle Eastern airlines since they offer cheaper air tickets as compared to airlines like British Airways and Lufthansa. We got to wait and watch as to what happens. Fingers crossed

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Lufthansa as an airline is preferred by Europeans as compared to NRI's. The reason is because the service is top class and cannot be compared to the Middle Eastern airlines where harrasment is always prevailing during travel. Summer season would have good load factors since Europeans and Americans would like to travel elsewhere for a big break. But NRI's coming in from America prefer Middle Eastern airlines since they offer cheaper air tickets as compared to airlines like British Airways and Lufthansa. We got to wait and watch as to what happens. Fingers crossed

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I don't understand the meaning of Harassment? Barring Saudia, Kuwait Airways and to some instances Gulf Air are noted to poor quality services. Top airlines like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and recently Oman Air have proven itself as top quality airline with often high rankings.

Very often European and American airlines are criticized for lower rankings in service and quality. So I don't understand how Lufthansa gets edge over Singapore or Emirates or Etihad or Thai.....

Ofcourse, the direct connectivity always gets an edge over any kind of inflight or premium airport facilities during transit. So a tourist from Germany or France, can fly directly, without spending more time in Dubai.
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I don't understand the meaning of Harassment? Barring Saudia, Kuwait Airways and to some instances Gulf Air are noted to poor quality services. Top airlines like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and recently Oman Air have proven itself as top quality airline with often high rankings.

Very often European and American airlines are criticized for lower rankings in service and quality. So I don't understand how Lufthansa gets edge over Singapore or Emirates or Etihad or Thai.....

Ofcourse, the direct connectivity always gets an edge over any kind of inflight or premium airport facilities during transit. So a tourist from Germany or France, can fly directly, without spending more time in Dubai.
Mods: I am not sure if I am supposed to paste links to other websites, but this link has trip report experiences by various travelers and has answers to the above statements.

I would not disagree that airliners like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airway and Oman Air are top quality airliners. Their award winning business and first class cabins are top notch quality products. But there are few things which we always miss. For example, in Emirates, long haul flights have a configuration of 3-4-3 seats for many B-777 series flights. Also, the Asian leg of Middle Eastern Airlines have received a lot of mixed response since the experience has not being well received.

Check this site out: http://www.airliners.net
Has a lot of discussions about many topics and has trip reports by various pilots and frequent travellers. Check out trip reports of Lufthansa - they are top class products at par with airlines like Singapore and Thai. They were among the founder members of Star Alliance too.

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You cannot compare US based airlines with any airline company in the whole continent of Asia....They are the flying equivalent of KSRTC buses here (as there is no other mode for long distance travel)!!! They charge you for a bottle of water and a pack containing 5-6 pretzels/chips, you rarely get to see the stewards (usually 2-3 on a flight) who don't like being called unless you are about to get a heart attack...

European and Middle Eastern airlines have had their share of discrimination of passengers from Indian subcontinent....but atleast some have had great experiences...

An acquaintance who travels a lot cracked a joke recently that airline companies in the US were fair in the sense they treated everyone in the economy (coach) class equally bad!!!
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While over 2.5 lakh Keralites travel to destinations in Europe and the USA every year, the state has no direct flights to these parts of the world. Non-resident Keralities, many of them employed in para-medical professions, therefore waste a good deal of time travelling via Mumbai, Qatar and Dubai to these countries. Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), which did a study with the help of Sabre Holdings Corp, the largest US provider of flight data, found that as many as 1,01,583 people made their way to Europe between July 2010 and June 2011 from Kochi and 52,987 from Thiruvananthapuram.

The study also found that passengers to the US from the state numbered 99,887 during the same period. Of them, 60,000 were from Kochi and about 25,000 from Thiruvananthapuram. Armed with the data the CIAL is now trying to persuade foreign carriers like Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific to start direct flights to Europe from Kerala. CIAL director A.C.K. Nair recently flew to Germany to meet airline officials there and a top Lufthansa official arrived in Kochi to assess the facilities here. The effort seems to be paying off as Condor, a popular German holiday airline, has already promised to start direct flights betwee Kochi and Frankfurt from November. Lufthansa has responded positively too, but it will take a final decision only after conducting an independent feasibility study, according to Mr Nair.

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Kerala is most likely to get its first direct connection to Europe with the German carrier Lufthansa responding positively to an offer by the Cochin International Airport Limited to commence a direct service from here to Frankfurt.

Last week, the airline's Director for South Asia Axel Hilgers visited Kochi and held discussions in this regard with representatives of CIAL and other stake-holders in the state's travel industry.

The visit follows a preliminary discussion between the carrier and airport company held earlier.

“The carrier now needs to conduct an independent feasibility study and calculate the yield factor before making a final decision,” said A. C. K. Nair, the Airport Director.

CIAL has already announced a slew of concessions in terms of airport charges as an incentive for the carrier to commence service. It has also requested hotels to give concessional rates to the crew of European carriers opening routes to Kochi.

At present, passengers from Kerala are connected to Europe or North America through other Indian airports or Middle-Eastern destinations like Qatar or Dubai.

As per the estimates available with CIAL, the annual average outbound movements to Europe from the three Kerala airports stood around 1.68 lakh while that to the U.S.A was about 0.92 lakh. Official sources said the carrier was impressed by the figures, which, in turn, suggested enough passengers to fill wide-bodied aircraft to be deployed for long-haul services. The daily average passenger movement to Europe is estimated to be around 456 while for the United States it is around 258.

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