Tharoor, who met senior Ministry officials here today to discuss several issues regarding air connectivity from his constituency, also said that the government needs to grant approvals to airlines, who are seeking to launch their services from Thiruvananthapuram since a long time.

Malaysian carrier Malindo Air's request to start operations from the city is pending with the DGCA since a long time, he said.

Tharoor said he has also asked the Government to allow the Saudi Arabia Airlines to operate from the state capital following cancellation of their flights from Calicut in the wake of runway re-carpeting work at Calicut airport.

The Congress MP said he has also requested the government to maintain the international airport status of the Thiruvananthapuram International airport in view of the New Draft Aviation Policy proposing only six international hubs at six metro airports.

There should be provision to include Thiruvananthapuram as an international hub as per the new Draft Civil Aviation Policy or alternative provision to ensure the continuation and expansion of existing inetrnational services, he said.

"I have also sought an assurance that the airport's international status will not be disturbed or afffected by the new policy," he said.

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