Friday, November 30, 2018

MP warns of mounting political pressure on AAI for international flights

Surat: Navsari BJP MP CR Paatil has warned that he would mount political pressure on the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and India’s flagship carrier Air India Express asking them to start international flights from Surat.

Addressing the meeting of airport advisory committee, which he chairs, Paatil said that the required infrastructure for the international operations is almost ready and that the airport is awaiting deployment of the customs and immigration staff. There is the issue of the time slot between AAI and Air India Express, which is a trivial thing and can be sorted out, he claimed.

Talking to TOI, Paatil said, “The wait is getting longer and people are asking me about the international air connectivity. Now, it is time to bring political pressure to get things going on a fast pace. I want to assure that the international connectivity between Surat and Sharjah will be in place very soon.”

Paatil added, “The last domestic flight leaves the airport at 9:30pm and after that the airport is empty. The Surat-Sharjah flight could depart at 11:30 pm and the passengers could be accommodated at the terminal building.”

30/11/18 Times of India

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