Monday, August 07, 2017

Vellore, Rameswaram on the radar

Chennai: Commuters can fly in and out of Vellore, Thanjavur and Rameswaram by next year if the next milestone of the the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) is achieved.

The State government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are keen to develop connectivity from these three towns and are working on a few more unserved airports connecting the hinterland, officials said.

Last week the officials of the State government and AAI held a meeting with the representatives of various air carriers at the airport here. “Vellore will be the first to be connected. It was inspected in December 2016 by the Airports Authority of India for testing the landing and other infrastructure developments. This airport has a 750-metre long runway and about 50 acres of land are available,” an AAI official said.

“Thanjavur has an Air Force station and there is a possibility of operating commercial flights from there,” an official said.

Recently, the secretary of civil aviation R.N. Choubey said he spoke to the Chief of Air Staff with regard to this airport and if some land could be exchanged with the Air Force, commercial flight operations could begin in Thanjavur soon, the official noted.
07/08/17 B. Aravind Kumar/The Hindu