Monday, July 01, 2013

6 months on, AI Express still hunting for office space

Kochi: The headquarters of Air India Express, the low-cost arm of Air India, continues to be in Mumbai, even six months after it was announced that it would be shifted to Kochi.
It does not seem that the shift would happen anytime in the near future as the post of corporate communication manager is the lone post filled up in the Kochi office of the airline.
Last December, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal had announced that the headquarters of the airline would be shifted to Kochi by January, 2013.
However, the airline — which operates a major share of its services from Kerala — is still in search of a spacious office in Kochi, even as top officials reportedly are yet to assume charge.
Earlier, there had been a move to house the headquarters at the government-owned Revenue Tower in the city. However, this plan was dropped after the district administration informed the authorities that the 4,000-sq ft area demanded by the airline was available on different floors only.
Later, the Ernakulam District Collector had suggested space at the office complex of the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) but the airline authorities have not taken a final decision in this regard.
01/07/13 Babu K Peter/New Indian Express