The charter flights arrive in Trivandrum on 2nd November 2007 with three regular flights a week till the end of November: 2 from London Gatwick and 1 from Sweden.
The main My Travel flight is operated by Manos and arrives Saturday after leaving Gatwick on Friday afternoons offering a range of packages in Kovalam. There is also a 250 seater flight operated by First Choice and a final weekly flight from Sweden operated by Sol Resor.
Kerala’s tourism industry has seen the number of visitors grow by 105% in the last five year. 429000 foreign visitors arrived in Kerala during 2006 and this number is continuing to grow at 15 to 20% per year.
During the same period domestic tourists grew by 20% to 6300000 per year with many from Tamil Nadu on temple visits.
The growth of the foreign visitors and of north Indian visitors as well which is a key driver for the hospitality sector.
BSNL, the once state owned telco has launched a SIM card for tourists visiting Kerala which sells for Rs3000. Under the scheme, to be launched soon in Kerala, BSNL would offer special pre-paid SIMs to foreign tourists with a sale value of “Ts 5618″ and talk value of Rs 3000, BSNL’s CGM for Kerala, K S Sreenivasan, told reporters on 5th October. You should be able to order one from Karma Kerala in the near future.