Full emergency was declared at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Monday after a Sharjah-bound Air India Express flight from Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, made an emergency landing due to a technical snag.
Amid the losses that the aviation sector incurred during the Covid pandemic, Air India Express, India's first budget airline on regional international routes, reported a net loss - for the first time in seven years - of Rs 72.33 crore in FY2022, against a net profit of Rs 98.21 crore in FY2021.
As per the UAE government rules, each passenger travelling from India needs to bring an original Covid-negative certificate from RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.
"Who is accountable and responsible for unwarranted expenditures arising out of such acts of omission and commission by the senior executives such as Hemlata and Ravikumar, both being from Finance Department and under the control of Director, Finance, Air India, V. Hejmadi. Most importantly, when the company is going through financial turbulence as well as a disinvestment process, what leadership and direction has been shown by Hejmadi to his subordinates," the union said.
Major pilot associations have demanded that Arun Kumar be immediately replaced with a suitable candidate with substantial aviation knowledge and operational experience, to serve the country as the Director General of Civil Aviation.
The table-top runway 10 of the Kozhikode airport is approximately 2,700 metres long. Wide-body aircraft operations were permitted at this airport from 2019.
As many as 18 people including two pilots were killed and 149 persons injured after an Air India Express flight overshoot the runway amid heavy rain, plunged deep down 35 ft. into the valley below and broke in two pieces while landing at the Kozhikode airport.
The airline also announced immediate financial relief to the families of those who died in the accident and to those who were injured.
Hardeep Singh Puri has announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh each to the seriously injured and Rs 50,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.