AIE Kochi HQ should start operations from Jan 1: Official

AIE Kochi HQ should start operations from Jan 1: Official Kochi: Civil Aviation Secretary K N Srivastava on Friday said Air India Express (AIE) headquarters here should start functioning from January 1.

In case there are any space constraints, efforts should be made to find additional space in the city or at the airport on rental or lease basis, he said during a review meeting at the AIE Headquarters here.

The budget airline has shifted its HQ to Kochi from Trivandrum.

Srivastava has given clear instructions that the Air India Express HQ should start to function from January 1; in case there are any space constraints they should try and find additional space in the city or at the airport on rental or lease basis, a press release said.

Air India Chairman Rohit Nandan, Director-board member K M Unni and other department heads of AIE also attended the meeting.

Srivastava discussed various problems that the budget airline faces, including shortage of pilots and technical issues. He also analysed the level of preparedness for commencing full fledged activities at the Kochi HQ.

The Secretary also emphasised the need to focus on the problems and requirements of passengers and stressed on maintaining schedule integrity which will help the airline gain passenger confidence.

PTI