Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government would favourably consider the demand of the airline industry to reduce operational cost, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.

Addressing a meeting of the chief executive officers of various airlines and civil aviation ministry officials here on Thursday, Mr. Achuthanandan urged the companies to start hub operations from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram airports. Special terminals can be provided from Cochin international airport for budget airlines to make it an attractive destination, the Government will initiate all steps to facilitate e-ticketing through the 3,000 Akshaya centres across the State. He urged the CEOs to start operation to Europe and the United States either from Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram airports. The domestic airline companies should link Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode with Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi, he said.

The Chief Minister said that certain airlines were taxing the passengers heavily during the peak season. He said that Kerala is fast developing as an IT destination. A host of major companies has started operations from the State and many others have evinced keen interest to set up units in the State. Mega IT townships such as the Smart City in Kochi, Technocity in Thiruvananthapuram and IT Parks in Kozhikode and Palakkad are expected to give a new impetus in making the State a choice destination of IT professionals. At least two lakh professionals would be employed by the IT industry soon.

One of the long standing demands of the IT fraternity is to increase air connectivity both in the domestic and international sectors. Hence he urged the companies to start more operations in these sectors.