Dear Shri. Ashok Gajapathi Raju ji,
I write this to draw your kind attention to two important issues relating to Kozhikode International Airport for the early operation of wide bodied aircrafts from the Airport and declaration of the Airport as embarkation point for the travel of Hajj pilgrims.
Kozhikode International Airport was, until 2015, the embarkation point for Hajj pilgrims from Kerala, Lakshadweep and Mahe since more than 80% of the Hajj pilgrims are from the northern districts of Kerala. The office of the Kerala Hajj Committee which can accommodate 3000 pilgrims is located very close to the Airport. These facilities ensure pleasant stay and comfortable journey for the Hajj pilgrims.
In 2015, due to the work related to strengthening and re-carpeting of the runway in Kozhikode Airport, there was temporary suspension of operation of wide bodied aircrafts and the embarkation point was temporarily shifted to Kochi.
Now, I understand that the maintenance work in Kozhikode Airport has been completed and that the Executive Director (Operations) of Airport Authority of India has reported and recommended to the Director General, Civil Aviation for necessary approval for the operation of wide bodied B777-200 ER, B777-200LR, A300, A330-300, A330-300R, B777-300ER and B787-800 type of aircrafts from Kozhikode Airport.
I therefore request your kind intervention and necessary instruction to the authorities concerned for the declaration of Kozhikode Airport as the embarkation point for the Hajj pilgrims and for the operation of wide bodied aircrafts for the travel of Hajj pilgrims from Kozhikode International Airport.
Shri. ASHOK GAJAPATHI RAJU
Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation,
Government of India,
Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan,
Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi-110003.