THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chartered flights from Russia and Ukraine will start arriving in the State capital from October ending the one-year drought of such flights to the State.
The first flight with 185 tourists will land at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on October 23 and the operations will continue till May 2011. The chartered flight operations are being taken up by Destination Indus with the support of Kerala Tourism.
The arrival of chartered flights is expected to cheer up the travel trade and hospitality industry. International operators did not operate any chartered flight to the State last tourist season. This was a big setback to the industry and was cited as one of the reasons for the dip in foreign tourist arrivals.