Thursday, September 28, 2017

International airlines queue up to begin Surat operations

Surat: Even as the central government mulls over who will bear the cost for customs at Surat airport and Gujarat government pondering over lack of staff for immigrations, several international airlines have queued up to begin operations to and from the city.
Since the past couple of years, constant communication with foreign airlines such as FlyDubai, AirArabia ,Qatar, Silk Air,Thai Airways, AirAsia etc has borne wings to the possibility of limited international air connectivity to and from Surat.
Chairman, aviation committee of South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) Rajnikant Marfatia said, "While we are in constant touch with several international airlines which are eager to begin operations from Surat, we are awaiting Union minister of civil aviation Jayant Sinha to keep his word regarding international connectivity with Indian carriers such as Air India Express and SpiceJet since international carriers have exhausted their bilateral seat entitlements. The Government of India needs to review potential and increase seats for foreign airlines eager to start flights to Surat."
Regional manager (India, Nepal and Sri Lanka) Pran Dasan for Flydubai said, "Surat has always been a key market for FlyDubai and we have time and again at various forums expressed our desire to add Surat to our international network. However, permission for the same is subject to traffic rights. If those are resolved with the Government of India, we would be happy to begin operations to Surat with at least one daily service between Dubai and Surat."
28/09/17 Ashleshaa Khurana/Times of India
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