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Concerns have been raised about the delay on the part of Dubai-based Emirates to resume the operation of wide-bodied aircraft from Calicut International Airport even as Air India is getting ready to resume the operation of jumbo jets from February 17.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had given No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the airline companies last July. This was after they had submitted reports on compatibility study and safety assessment for the purpose. At present, only Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) is operating wide-bodied aircraft after it secured the DGCA’s approval in December 2018.

Sources said that Emirates had been demanding additional seats after the airline shifted a flight service to Bengaluru from Thiruvananthapuram. “We have been urging the Ministry of Civil Aviation

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