Several shipping companies from Goa and the Middle East have expressed interest in starting services between the ports of Beypore-Kochi and the port of Mina Rashid in Dubai.
Earlier, the Malabar Development Council approached several shipping companies looking for affordable transportation services for Malayalis traveling between Kerala and other Gulf States.
Subsequently, several companies from Goa and Dubai conducted studies and invested time to inspect proposed ports before offering services. Traveling by sea has become a viable option for Malayalis abroad due to the recent increase in air fares.
However, the final decision to implement such services requires approval from the state governments and unions. Talks have since taken place between the Malabar Development Council and the port authorities in Kochi, Beypore and Dubai. CE Chakkunni, President of the Malabar Development Council, and CA Beauty Prasad, UAE Regional Chair, called on the state government and NORKA to start shipping services out of the state.
Chakkunni and UAE regional organizer CA Beauty Prasad called on the state government and NORKA to start shipping services out of the state.
Meanwhile, ticket prices have skyrocketed in recent months after Air India pulled many services out of the state and launched Air India Express services in Kozhikode. As a result, several flights to the Middle East were cut, leading to a sudden increase in ticket prices.