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Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:08

Civil Aviation Minister vows to fulfill demands of Mangaluru expats

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New Delhi: The Union Minister for Civil Aviation Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju has assured to address the demands of expatriates of coastal Karnataka living across Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia.

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At a meeting held here on Friday, the Union Minister positively responded to several issues pertaining to the expatriate community from coastal Karnataka raised by U T Khader, the Minister for Health and Family Affairs, Karnataka, and Asif Amaco, the CEO of Amaco Group of Companies and founder of Coastaldigest.com.

Riyadh, Jeddah flights

Mr Gajapati Raju said that the civil aviation ministry is ready to grant permission for Jet Airways to operate from Mangaluru to Riyadh and Jeddah. “If the Jet Airways is ready to operate we will grant them permission,” he said.

He suggested the two member delegation to convey their demand directly to Jet Airways.

Mr Gajapati Raju also said that SpiceJet has already secured permission to link more Indian International Airports to foreign destinations including Riyadh and Jeddah.

However, the government-owned Air India Express may not be able to start new flight operation between Mangaluru and Riaydh from the impending summer season, he clarified.

Customs Harassment

The duo brought the issue of ‘harassment’ meted out to the international passengers by the over-zealous Customs officials at Mangaluru International Airport, to the notice of Mr Gajapati Raju. He promised to look into the complaint and urge the Customs officials not to misuse their authority.

Runway Expansion

The Minister also said that runway expansion work at Mangaluru International Airport would soon commence as the Karnataka government has decided to acquire and handover the land.

Air India crew

Responding to the complaints against the Air India Express and its ‘arrogant’ crew, the Minister said that airlines would be asked to treat the passengers with dignity. Mr Khader told the Union Minster that he had received complaints from several passengers that Air India flights would sometimes leave the Airport even before the scheduled time causing inconvenience to the passengers.

Mangaluru Visit

Mr Khader requested the Civil Aviation Minister to personally visit Mangluru Airport to personally inspect the things and interact with a few international passengers. Accepting the invitation, Mr Gajapati Raju said that he would soon visit the South Indian port city. Arun Kumar, the joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, also was present at the meeting.

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Like [0]Dislike [0] #12 sajid, Dammam2015-02-25
MashaAllah...Good Job Mr. Asif and Mr. U.T Kader.. keep up the good work.. We remember you in our Dua InshaAllah..
Like [0]Dislike [0] #11 Muzaffar Ali, Riyadh2015-02-22
Good Job .your efforts will yeild result oon
Like [0]Dislike [0] #10 shaukath ali, riyadh/karkala2015-02-21
good job asif bai. Appreciable
Like [0]Dislike [0] #9 Asif U K, Manglore/Abu Dhabi2015-02-21
Good Job by UTK & Team - one of long pending demand- also should enquire about behavior of IXE airport staff.
Like [2]Dislike [1] #8 Vinod, Jeddah2015-02-21
Do not understand why the airlines are hesitating to start direct flight from mangalore to jeddah and riyadh even though hundreds of passengers travel between these destinations every day through other routes.
Like [5]Dislike [0] #7 Syed Kazi, Mangalore2015-02-21
Good job....Even though the minister has VOWED to address the demands of Mangalore expatriates. he has thrown the ball in the court of Public and Jet airways...
Few years back Mangalore expatriates from Jeddah and Riyadh approached the Jet airlines to connect Mangalore to Jeddah and Riyadh... At that time Jet was ready to start the services provided they are guaranteed 70 passengers DAILY.... If the passenger load is not much, then a request can be made to JET to have 4 services from Jeddah and 3 services from Riyadh a week to Mangalore...
Alternatively, as Jet is having tie up with Ettihad, Mangalore can be connected to Jeddah and Riyadh thru Abudhabi..... Hope some good
solution will come up --Insha Allah
Like [4]Dislike [0] #6 Farook portfolio,jubail-SA, Jubail-SA2015-02-20
Great job Mr.Asif and UTK ...I wholeheartedly appreciate your enthusiastic and honest approach..As your earlier successful effort to bring direct flight Dammam-mangalore,I wish you people will get success this time too.
Like [3]Dislike [1] #5 sunil, Dubai2015-02-20
Good job. Keep up. Hope that the civil aviation minister fulfill all the needs immediately.
Like [5]Dislike [0] #4 PK, Riyadh2015-02-20
Good work. Appreciate the effort. Need to teach a lesson to customs officials at Mangalore airport. They behave like US anti-terror squad.
Like [6]Dislike [1] #3 Suresh Kumar, BC Road/Dubai2015-02-20
Hats off for your effort. Discussed issues must be addressed at the earliest.
Like [5]Dislike [1] #2 Vahab, Mangalore2015-02-20
Asif Bhai and UT Khader always in the front line to serve people. Role models for present youth. I respect you
Like [6]Dislike [1] #1 Abdullah, Dubai2015-02-20
thanks Mr UTK and CD boss for conveying our concerns to aviation minister.

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