Air Costa and Kairali Airlines to launch July and November
Two new airlines will take to the skies in India this year. Air Costa and Kairali Airlines are scheduled to take off in July and November, respectively.
Kairali Airlines will launch operations from Kerala with five planes, connecting Bengaluru, Chennai, Mangalore and Mumbai with Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi. It will also run a service to the Lakshadweep Islands, a popular diving destination.
After six months of domestic operations, it plans to connect Kerala with the United Arab Emirates first, and then other international destinations.
“Our tickets will cost at least 25% less than other Indian carriers in the domestic sector,” K Praveen Kumar, Kairali’s chairman and managing director, promises.
Air Costa, based in Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, has bought one Embraer aircraft, leased two more and is looking for a further two to lease. Its plan is to link regional towns and cities with short-haul routes.
[pictured: Kovalam near Thiruvananthapuram; courtesy Kerala Tourism]