The Adani Group has taken over the operations, management and development of the international airport at Thiruvananthapuram, saying it is now the Gateway to Goodness. Announcing the formal acquisition of the airport, the business giant said in a tweet that it is a privilege to serve and welcome passengers to God’s own country.
“Associating life with memorable travel experiences, we are happy to report that #Thiruvananthapuram Airport is now a #GatewayToGoodness. We are privileged to serve and welcome travelers to God’s own country filled with lush greenery, beautiful beaches and exquisite cuisine”, the group tweeted at midnight on Thursday, both in English and Malayalam. took over the operations, despite protests by both the ruling LDF and the opposition UDF against handing over the airport to private players.
Last year, the Kerala Assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing the privatization of the airport. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had criticized the acquisition of the airport by the Adani Group, saying it was not for the development of the facility but to protect the interests of the monopolist. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the first of the four airports in the state. Established in 1932, the airport was owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India.