The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sources said they are in the initial stage of probe into the gold smuggling case and hence cannot reveal much.
The smugglers are reported to have handed over 5.5 kg gold to the AI staffer identified as Muhammed Shiyas soon as they landed at the airport.
In many cases, including the recent currency smuggling reported in CIAL, the role of airport staff was very pivotal.
The Kerala government's effort to retain the airport in its custody by forming a special purpose vehicle and competing in the bid failed to make any result.
The move will force airlines to offer competitive rates as well.
The decision was taken at a meeting convened by the Sub Collector K Inbasekar with various political leaders.
The companies which attended the meeting chiefly collected the details regarding the performance of the airport in terms of aeronautical and non-aeronautical sectors.
The sources in the Chief Minister’s office made it clear that a formal letter has been sent to the AAI requesting to withdraw the addendum, which is against the interest of the state.
The Centre’s move to begin disinvestment of strategic public institutions ahead of the expiry of its tenure has put the government in a tight spot.
The Centre and state are on a warpath over the privatisation of the Trivandrum international airport, a profit-making airport in the state.
Kerala has presented its decision at a meeting of Empowered Group of Secretaries chaired by the CEO of the NITI Aayog in the first week of December.