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Kuwait, Aug 24: Kasargod Expatriates Association along with the conglomerate of NRIs from Mangalore submitted a memorandum to Air India requesting flight connectivity between Kuwait and Mangalore, the prominent coastal town in southern part of Karnataka which is adjoining to Kasargod district in northern part of Kerala.  The delegation was led by KEA's president Engr Abu Backer who briefed the need to have flight service in Mangalore-Kuwait sector to Air India's country manager Krishan Bhar.

Mangalore airport is traditionally being used by people from Malabar region specifically from Kannur and Kasargod apart from people from Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Kuwait has large expat population from this belt spread over two states that are currently depending Mumbai, Calicut and Bangalore airports for their overseas travel.  Obviously the choice of airlines are determined by availability rates and timing which results in using different airlines like Kuwait airways, Air Lanka, Air India, Emirates Airlines etc.  Once Mangalore is linked with Kuwait by Air India, the entire expatriate community from this region travelling to Kuwait will avail the services of India's national airlines.

Mangalore was always in Kuwait's airline industry map with prominence, solely for the reason of large population working from the surrounding area in Kuwait since the last 40 years. Kuwait Airways had their operating office in early eighties to service the passengers from Dakshina Kannada and Malabar reigion.  KEA executive team (Hari Govind, Khalee Adoor, Balakrishna Udma, Sathar Kunnil and Hassan Mangad) was accompanied by Pascal B Pinto, the community leader from Mangalore fighting for the this cause for the last few years and Lawrence D'Souza, the business magnet of Kuwait hailing from Mangalore and owner of Ceasars Group of Restaurants and Travels and other many companies briefed the need and importance of Kuwait-Mangalore sector.  Krishan Bhar, the manager who is in-charge of Kuwait and Cyprus for Air India who has taken charge recently, captured all information related to Mangalore's geographical location and other relevant factors.  He also enquired certain specific information related to airport facilities and regional demography.  He has assured the delegation that he will take up the case with the management of Air India with due importance furnishing the relevant information. He will justify the need to have the flight in this high-traffic route and he feels that flight connectivity in this sector will be quantum leap for Air India's Kuwait office in its revenue enrichment drive.

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  • Sunil, Mlore / Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 26 2007

    Thank God for you great people who are trying on behalf of the entire community of Mangalore, Hope atleast by December we have direct flights to Mangalore. So far we have only heard of promises and no action. God is great and we hope that we have direct flights soon!!

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