KOCHI: There is a twist in the Air Kerala tale. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha that no government or any airline by the name Kerala Airline had approached the Central Government for operating services between Kerala and Gulf countries.
He was replying to a query by Congress member K C Venugopal on the fate of the request by Kerala Government. Gajapathi Raju informed the House that “no government or airline by the name Kerala Airline has applied to the Government of India.”
“I tried to make my enquiries and no airline of Kerala government is pending with the Centre. They have not even applied,” he said amid repeated interruptions from Congress members, including Venugopal. The minister’s contention was supported by BJP member Dushyant Singh, who also said Kerala had not made any such request to the Centre.