Thursday, July 12, 2018

Air India’s withdrawal of flight to Chennai, Mumbai slammed

Maduarai: Air India’s decision to withdraw its daily Mumbai – Chennai – Madurai and return service from July 12 has come as a shock to southern Tamil Nadu as it would severely impact passengers in the southern districts visiting Mumbai and those bound for this region from western and northern states. It will also impact the growth of trade and industry in the southern part of state, officials from Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry said.

President of the chamber, N Jegatheesab, said that this was one of the traditional service in this sector operated from 1992. Despite very good patronage for the service which provided connection to renowned tourist spots and religious destinations in southern Tamil Nadu such as Madurai, Kodaikanal, Rameswaram and Kanyakumari, the decision of Air India to pull back its service in the sector for operation of the aircraft for Haj pilgrimage is a sad reflection of the inability of our national carrier to deploy additional aircraft for the purpose, he added.
However, the airlines will resume operations in 20 days after a short period of temporary suspension, Union minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan said.
12/07/18 Times of India