Thiruvananthapuram: Adani Group took over the operations and management of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in the early hours of Thursday.
The formal transfer of the Airport to the Adani Group was a low key affair, a top official of Adani Group told UNI.
Top officials from both the sides attended the event which was held in the early hours of the day and MoUs were signed and exchanged, the official added.
As per the agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Adani Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Limited (ATIAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Limited, will operate, manage and develop the Airport for the next 50 years.
Later, the Adani Group tweeted that “Connecting lives with cherished travel experiences, we are pleased to share that #ThiruvananthapuramAirport is now a #GatewayToGoodness. We are privileged to serve and welcome passengers to God’s Own Country filled with lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and exquisite cuisine.”
“An auspicious start with the lighting of the lamp at #ThiruvananthapuramAirport. May the divine light usher in blessings and peace for everyone visiting the #GatewayToGoodness.
We are humbled to be of service and welcome all passengers to the airport at Thiruvananthapuram,” according to a tweet by the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
“The key to cherished travel memories commences at the #GatewayToGoodness. With immense joy in our hearts, we extend a cordial welcome to all passengers visiting the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. #ThiruvananthapuramAirport,” it said.
“We are pleased to share that Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is now a #GatewayToGoodness. We are privileged to serve and welcome passengers to God’s Own Country filled with lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and exquisite cuisine,” the tweet added.
Earlier, the Kerala Government demanded the Centre to handover the Airport to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) managed by the State Government.
The Kerala Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in 2020 against the privatisation of the airport.
The State Government and the employees of the AAI had approached the Supreme Court against the handing over of the airport.
Earlier, a plea opposing the transfer of the Airport was also dismissed by the Kerala High Court.