Saturday, February 16, 2019

Air India Express puts Surat on world air map

Air India Express has finally put Surat on the international air map. Surat residents have a reason to rejoice with the airline starting its first flight to Sharjah from Saturday. The non-stop flight to Sharjah is scheduled to depart from Surat at 12:30am six days a week and arrive at Sharjah at 2:15am.

Surat residents have been fighting to get international connectivity for many years now. In June last year, the airport was accorded international status and was given permission to operate 24x7. A month ago, the central government had notified the airport as a customs airport. As per the notification, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs had notified Surat airport as a customs airport through its notification under Section 7 of the Customs Act, 1962, issued on June 8.

The international airport is touted to bring immense growth to the city, which is a hub for diamond merchants, traders, businessmen and industrialists.
16/02/19 DNA
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