The Adani Group has officially announced its take over on Thiruvananthapuram’s international airport, describing it as a “Gateway to Goodness.”At the brief celebration held at the airport on Thursday, senior officials from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Ahmedabad-based Adani Group were present. Under a 50-year concession deal with the AAI, Adani Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Ltd (ATIAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd, will now operate, administer, and develop the airport. The AAI had been given a price of 168 per passenger by Adani Enterprises Ltd.
In a tweet announcing the formal takeover of the airport, the business behemoth expressed its delight at the opportunity to serve and welcome passengers to God’s Own Country.“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”, the tweet posted by the company, in English and Malayalam language, last midnight on Thursday.
In February 2019, the Adani Group, which is building the Vizhinjam international seaport in Thiruvananthapuram district for Rs 7,525 crore, won a competitive bidding process for the 89-year-old airport. The GMR Group and the state-run Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) were the unsuccessful bidders.
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport owned and operated by the Airport Authority of India is the first of the state’s four airports founded in 1932 and was announced International in 1991. Despite objections from both the government LDF and the opposition UDF to handing over the airport to private companies, the company took over operations. The Kerala Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution last year condemning the airport’s privatization. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had criticized the Adani group’s takeover of the airport, claiming it was done to preserve the interests of monopolies rather than for the growth of the facility.