If found safe, Air India may consider operating flights from Kochi naval base

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Aug 18, 2018, 08:17 PM(IST)

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Unabated rainfall and heavy floods have been pounding Kerala taking the death toll to a whopping 357. 

Air India is contemplating to operate from Kochi's naval base as the national carrier's subsidiary, Alliance Air, will test the safety aspects of operating ATR-type aircraft from the naval base, news agency PTI reported.

According to reports, Alliance Air will determine if a small aircraft, with a capacity of 70 people, can land in shorter runway span. 

"If found safe, Alliance Air plans to mount (operate) more flights to Kochi's defence airbase and also pave the way for other airlines with ATR/turboprops (to operate flights from there)," a spokesperson said.

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Air India is trying to operate from flood-hit Kochi where the airport has been flooded and therefore shut until August 27. In the meanwhile, all flights scheduled to depart from the Kochi airport have been directed to be operated from Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. 

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Unabated rainfall and heavy floods have been pounding Kerala taking the death toll to a whopping 357. 

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All 14 districts were put on a Red Alert on Friday while Chief Minister Vijayan on Saturday sounded a Red Alert for 11 districts barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.

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