Sunday, March 28, 2021

Madurai-Singapore services hit by CISF shortage at airport

Madurai: Shortage of CISF manpower has hit the frequency of the Madurai-Singapore flight service operated by Air India Express from three a week to just one after officials of the Madurai airport refused to entertain the airline’s request to schedule the departure at 10.55pm, citing that working hours ends at 10pm.

Though the airline was insisted to reschedule it before 10pm, it could not find a suitable slot at the Singapore airport. The change in schedule will affect Madurai as it stands to lose three services to Delhi, as the Singapore flights originate from there.

Director of the airport, S Senthil Valavan said that they could not approve the timing request due to shortage of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) manpower. They have sought concerned authorities to review the requirement for the airport and allot additional manpower according to the present requirement.

Recently, Madurai airport got additional strength to facilitate round-the-clock operation, but airlines did not come forward for night operation. Subsequently, the strength has been diverted, he said.

As per the summer schedule, the flight will reach Madurai at 1.45pm and leave for Singapore at 10pm on Mondays. Although the schedule starts from March 29, the flight will start its operation as per the new schedule starting from April 5.

28/03/21 V Devanathan/Times of India

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