Load factor: Flights skip Karipur[what will happen to kerala's 2  new international airports  in plan/at kannoor and near Thiruvalla]

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KOZHIKODE: The vital domestic air connectivity from Kozhikode to key cities across the country has been severely hit with various airlines pulling out from the routes citing profitability and operational bottlenecks.

The lack of enough flights in the domestic sector has hit the business and could blight the Information Technology ambitions of the city.

Airline industry sources said it is the low load factor in the domestic routes that has made many schedules from Karipur unviable.

"Deploying wide-bodied aircrafts on domestic routes is not viable due to the decreased load factor. The economics of the domestic sector demands both the right kind of aircraft and the right kind of fare. However, people have not been that eager to lap up the seats if the fares reflect our actual costs," a senior airline official said.

SpiceJet, which launched direct flights to four state capitals from Karipur in April, has discontinued flights to three cities, the latest casualty being the Karipur- Mumbai flight which was withdrawn earlier this month.

The airline had also withdrawn the direct flights to Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram and is now operating only in the Chennai and Hyderabad routes.

The national carrier, Air India and its subsidiaries have also pulled out from many domestic sector flights from Karipur. Among the casualties are the daily AI flight to Chennai and the daily ATR service to Thiruvananthapuram and Agathi routes which has been operational till June 2012.

Despite Kozhikode emerging as one of the fastest growing tier-III cities in the country, the domestic aviation sector has not been able to keep pace.

Industry sources say the business sector has already been hit by lack of air connectivity and the city's ambitious IT sector goals, which has two mega IT parks under construction, will not take off if it fails to sort out the issue.

Sources said many of the services flown by Air India and Air India Express (AIE) on the domestic routes are flown for just operational reasons and without taking into account the profitability in the route. This would include the three AIE flights per week to Mumbai and one weekly flight to Thiruvananthapuram.

But the city's business sector feels that the airlines should have given time for the market to stabilize before pulling out the flights prematurely.

"The efficiency of doing business in the city will be hit if there is no air connectivity. The airlines would have launched the domestic schedules after finding that there is a market. Then obviously the issue would be the pricing or the timing of flights that is responsible for the load factor. The airlines should give time for the market to mature before pulling out," said Malabar Chamber of Commerce president Alok Kumar Saboo.