Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Trichy airport has handled over 100 rescue flights, 14,000 passengers

Trichy: Ever since the state allowed repatriation of Tamils stranded abroad due to the lockdown, the Trichy International Airport has handled 100 flights covering 15 destinations across the world and brought back 14,897 people including Tamils since May 9. After Chennai, Trichy has handled the most number of flights and passengers in the state, sources said.

The civil aviation ministry had cancelled all international and domestic operations across the country during the last week of March. Apart from chartered flights, the Centre had launched flights under Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indian nationals.

The first flight operated by Air India Express landed in Trichy airport on May 9, Saturday night, carrying 178 passengers including 60 women, 6 children and one infant from Kuala Lumpur. Till July 19, 11,999 passengers have arrived from 15 destinations across the world on 72 carriers. During the same period, Chennai has handled 119 flights and 17,254 passengers. Madurai airport has handled 26 flights and 4,409 passengers, airport sources said. This apart, Malaysian carriers had operated eight services to Trichy airport to take back 1,220 Malaysian nationals.
21/07/20 D Vincent Arockiaraj/Times of India
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