The organisation began its protest against Air India over hike in fuel surcharge. The decision affected the business of exporting fresh vegetables and fruits from Kerala to Gulf countries.
Secretary of the Appexa, Dil Koshy claimed, "this (decision by Air India) is unjustifiable and unwarranted." Mr Koshy's reaction came when Air India and Air India Express increased fuel surcharge for the exports from Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
Air India and Air India Express increased the price on perishable items from Rs 9.50 per kg to Rs 15.50 from May 1. An average of 72 to 91 tonnes of vegetable and fruits were exported daily through Thiruvananthapuram Airport and the business between Indian and Oman would be hit following the boycott, claim reports from the Gulf.
However, Mr Koshy stated that Appexa's decision of boycotting Air India from Kerala airport would not affect the export trade as they are depending on many other foreign carriers.