Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘For better air connectivity, Surat needs more bilaterals with countries’

Surat: Having elected their representatives as the MPs, Surtis have now chalked out their list of expectations of the people.
Surat’s We Work for a Working Airport (WWWAS), which has 85,000 members, has submitted a list of demands along with data to MP Darshana Jardosh regarding concerns about the city airport .

“Despite being an important hub of global trade, Surat is not a part of any bilaterals with other nations yet. India’s eight largest city needs to be made part of bilateral with the UAE, Thailand, the UK, China and Singapore. In a recent meeting with Thailand Ambassador Sam Chutintorn, he indicated the enthusiasm and intent that Royal Thai Airlines has to begin operations to Surat provided the city is made part of bilateral. Similar interest has been shown by Fly Dubai and Scoot Airways,” said textile businessman Tarun Chugh, who represents WWWAS as data expert .

Despite growing exponentially by 250% in the last two years and being a profitable sector for Air India for several years now, no flights have been added by the state-run carrier from and to Surat in the past two years. “Based on its travellers data, Surat requires direct international connectivity with cities like Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. Air India with its excellent network and code share can easily provide onward connectivity,” added Sanjay Shah, who handles media communication for the popular aviation group.

While Airport Authority of India (AAI) requires to upgrade infrastructure at the earliest at Surat airport and begin 24 hours operations, private airlines have demanded airport expansion.

27/06/19 Ashleshaa Khurana/Times of India

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