Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Leader in Kerala Oommen Chandy on Monday demanded that the headquarters of budget airline Air India Express (AIE) be shifted from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram.
In a statement here, Chandy said barring a few services to Mumbai, 80 percent of the services of Air India Express were from Kerala to the Gulf countries. If the headquarters of the airline was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram, expenditure for the functioning of AIE
office could be reduced and steps could be taken to avoid neglect towards the Gulf sector, he said.
Chandy wanted the state government to put pressure on the Civil Aviation Ministry for the shifting of the AIE office to the state capital. The suggestion to this effect made by M A Yusuf Ali, NRK businessman and director, AIE, at its recent Director Board meeting in Mumbai, had been supported by other members on the Board, Chandy said.