Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shortage of CISF men may hit Singapore flight plan

Shortage of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel is likely to affect night flight operations at Madurai international airport, particularly Air India's proposed flight to Singapore. In fact, representatives of industrial bodies in the city have warned that the shortage of security personnel may hit the development of the airport in the long run too.
Airport sources say that the present strength of CISF in Madurai airport is only around 140. At present, CISF, which is entrusted with the security of the airport, has two operational shifts with the second shift ending by 10 pm. However, there would be minimal strength providing security to the terminal. This was not adequate for night shifts which involve covering the operational area of the airport.
As the proposed Singapore flight is expected to arrive in Madurai from Delhi after 10 pm it will take another 45 minutes to depart. A reply from the CISF on increasing its strength is still pending. However, sources from the Airport Authority of India have expressed confidence that the nod will come soon.
28/07/17 Times of India