Saturday, October 22, 2016

Defunct Salem airport hopes of flights relaunch in January

The President of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) K Mariappan said the Civil Aviation Ministry has included the defunct Salem airport for regional airport connectivity. "The ministry assured that it would operate small flights from Salem airport, possibly starting in January 2017," he said.
The Salem airport began functioning in 1993. Operations were run by NEPC, a private airline. They operated flights between Chennai and Coimbatore via Salem. However, the airline closed operations due to insufficient patronage. Since then, the airport has been closed for more than 16 years.
Following efforts made by the Salem Productivity Council and ICCI, the Kingfisher Airlines agreed to operate flights from Salem airport. The first flight was operated from the airport in September 2009. This service too was stopped abruptly in 2011. "Since then, the airport was closed again by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)," Mariappan said.
22/10/16 Senthil Kumaran/The Times Of India