Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'Runway expansion set to get tail wind'

Trichy: With a passenger traffic of around 12 million, Trichy international airport is considered to be the fastest growing airport among tier two cities in the country with impressive performance in the cargo sector as well. Airport director K Gunasekaran told Vincent Arockiaraj who assumed charge last year that he is trying his best to launch domestic connectivity to various metro cities in the country from Trichy.
Q: What steps have you taken to strengthen domestic connectivity to Trichy? Leading domestic carriers don't seem keen to start services from here.
A: We have taken steps to connect Trichy to Bengaluru via Puducherry as well as have direct connectivity between Mumbai and Trichy. I'm happy to tell you that Indigo is also planning to operate from here. As far as the national carrier is concerned, Air lndia Express, which is a subsidiary of Air India, is already operating flights to Trichy.
Q: Trichy international airport has not been included in BASA (Bilateral Air Services Agreement) so far which has been restricting Arabian Gulf-based carriers from launching services to Trichy.
A: Trichy MP P Kumar has already taken this up with the Ministry of Civil Aviation. We are hopeful and positive about it.
19/12/16 Times of India
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