When two premier Russian Charters chose to fly down to Thiruvananthapuram, it was left to Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) to ‘manage’ them.
AISATS is a 50:50 joint venture between NACIL (now known as Air India) and Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS).
It managed ground handling services for Nordwind Airlines and OrenAir on their maiden flights to Kerala at the international airport here on October 21 and 22.
The launch of these air services was the first in south India by the Russian charters, an AISTAS spokesperson said here.
The mandate was to provide end-to-end airport services ranging from passenger, ramp and baggage handling.
While Nordwind Airlines brought in passengers from Moscow on a Boeing 757 aircraft, OrenAir used a Boeing 737 as it flew in from Yekaterinburg.
The chartered tourists were flown in by Pegas Touristik, a Russian tour operator.
Willy Ko, chief executive officer, AISATS, said that the company was committed to enhancing travel experience at the international airport here.
Bush Miranda, managing director of Cicerone Air Transport Services, principals for Nordwind and OrenAir, said that growing number of travellers were opting for air charters citing greater flexibility and customised service.
AISATS services are available at airports in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram, the spokesperson said.