Thursday, November 02, 2017

City fliers renew demand for Malaysia flight

With Air India Express' recently-introduced Madurai-Singapore flight attracting good patronage, the stake holders of Madurai international airport have renewed their demand of air connectivity to Malaysia.
Though Malaysian flight operators as well as the country's government have been approaching the Indian government to start service from Madurai, the ministry of civil aviation is yet to give its nod.
Travel enthusiasts and the business community have been calling for the inclusion of Madurai in the bilateral agreement with ASEAN countries which would enable seamless flight operations to the countries in the association. Though 18 smaller cities in India figure in the agreement, only Trichy has been included from the state in it which gives special privilege for foreign flights to operate any number of services. They demand that Madurai be included as the nineteenth city.
At present, Madurai is included in the bilateral air services agreement (BASA) with Sri Lanka only which enables operators from that country to use the airport.
There is a huge demand for flight from Madurai to southeast Asian nations as is evident from the popularity of the flight to Singapore.
02/11/17 Times of India