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Nas Air suspends services

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Nedumbassery: Ten months after the commencement of its Kochi operations, Saudi Arabia-based low cost carrier Nas Air, a subsidiary of the Saudi National Air Services, is suspending its services to here from May 1.  Currently, the airline is operating three services per week in the Riyadh-Kochi route with a flight on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Airport officials confirmed the report and attributed the suspension of services to the long flying time and the consequent payload restrictions.

“The sector is operated with an Airbus A320 but the comparatively larger average flying time of about five hours for the sector is limiting the volume of payload and hence, the revenue,” said an airport official. The suspension will be for a temporary period and the carrier is expected to return on completing a re-fleeting process, replacing the narrow body aircraft with a newer one.  Sources said the carrier is also planning to suspend its services to Mumbai and New Delhi. 

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