Six international airlines keen to fly from Kolkata

December 26th, 2011 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata Dec 26 (IANS) Six international airlines, including British Airways and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, have evinced interest in flying to and from Kolkata, union Minister of State for Urban Development and Airport Advisory Committee chairman Sougata Roy said Monday.

The other airlines wishing to operate out of the eastern metropolis are Japan Airlines, Dubai Airlines, Fenix Airways and a Mauritius-based airline, the minister said.

He said German airlines Lufthansa, which has decided to stop operating in Kolkata after March, would be requested to reconsider its position. British Airways had also withdrawn its Kolkata-London flight in 2008.

“It is true that some international flights have withdrawn their services but airways like British Airways which had stopped their services from Kolkata are now showing interest again,” Roy said.

The union minister said the modernised Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport would be fully operational from June next year. “The airport modernisation would be over by March 31 next year. But it will be fully operational by June after the shifting process is completed.”

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