Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Madurai to get direct flight to Singapore

Madurai is all set to get direct air link to Singapore with Air India showing keen interest to start international flight operation from September 15.

“We have cleared certain constraints at Madurai airport for operation of late night departures to Singapore from Madurai. The services will start after the headquarters of Airport Authority of India cleared the proposal,” said Madurai Airport Director, V.V. Rao.

Air India has proposed to fly to Singapore from Madurai on four days a week. The flight would leave Madurai at around 11.15 p.m. and reach Singapore at 6.15 a.m. In the return direction it would leave Singapore at 10.40 a.m. and reach Madurai at 12.10 p.m.

The constraint in permitting the flight to the new international destination was in extending the airport operations timing beyond 10 p.m. At present, the AAI officials and staff work in two shifts between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“However, as the Singapore flight is scheduled to arrive Madurai from Delhi at 9.45 p.m. and depart to Singapore at 11.15 p.m., the airport operation timing has to be extended by over 1.45 hours (including 30 minutes after last departure),” Mr. Rao said.
01/08/17 S. Sundar/The Hindu