Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the government is determined to go ahead with the proposed Air Kerala project which will cater to Malayalis in West Asia.

Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Mr. Chandy said the proposal was the baby of the previous United Democratic Front government. A study was conducted and the project had been found feasible.

The Union government’s condition that an airline should have five years’ experience in operating domestic services and a fleet of 20 aircraft was the main hurdle preventing the airline from taking off.

Mr. Chandy said if the new airline was to begin with domestic operations it would incur a huge loss. The airline could be launched with five aircraft and the Union government had been approached for ease in conditions.

The Chief Minister justified the demand citing how the budget carrier Air India Express, subsidiary of Air India, was allowed to fly internationally without operating domestic services.

He said the government would apply for the airline once the Union government granted necessary exemptions.

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