The Kerala Association of Travel Agents has come out against Air India’s reported claim that it had launched more flights from the State to the Gulf countries.
In a statement here on Tuesday, the Association said the winter schedule of Air India Express, which would come into force from October 28, would not have 19 existing Gulf sector services that was being operated from Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi airports.
These included 12 services from the State capital and seven from Kochi.
At the same time, 11 services from Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi to Saudi Arabia had been withdrawn completely.
Air India’s worst neglect was towards Thiruvananthapuram, the Association alleged, saying that while Air India Express operated 48 services from Kozhikode and 33 from Kochi, there were only 21 from the State capital.
Of these, 12 services that were there in the summer schedule would not be operating in the winter schedule.
The association demanded that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy intervened and initiated steps to reinstate the withdrawn services.