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Operation of wide-body aircraft from Calicut to commence soon: Prabhu

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

watchdog DGCA gave go-ahead to operations of wide-body aircraft at the airport in and would soon start its service with the large and planes from there, the Centre said today.

The airport will also serve as an embarkation point for Haj pilgrims from the next year.

Operations of wide-body aircraft from the city was stopped in May 2015 over safety concerns, creating a furore from the locals and the large number of expatriates who made the city their hub for international travel.

For sometime in the past, the of Civil (DGCA) discovered that needs to be upgraded to conforms to international safety standards, Civil told reporters here.

"We took up the matter to get the mitigation in place soon and keeping passenger convenience in mind. The DGCA safety aspects are in place and DGCA has asked of for commencing operations..," he said.

Operations from the newly constructed would also start by October 1 this year, the said.

International operations would start soon thereafter with connecting the city with Abu Dhabi, will start a flight to Dammam in Saudi Arabia IndiGo will operate a flight from there to

The services will start from the winter schedule begging October end.

Talking about airport, of State for Tourism K J Alphons, also present at the media interaction, informed the airport will act as an embarkation point for Haj pilgrims from next year.

The airport will also have a brand new international block by october end, with the total capacity going up from 3.5 to 5 million passengers per annum. It has been built at a cost of Rs 120 crore.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 21:05 IST