Madurai Airport will see the launch of the first international flight to Colombo on Thursday. SpiceJet will be launching the international air connectivity.

A 50-member delegation from Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be on boardthe inaugural flight to explore ways to enhance two-way trade and investment between Tamil Nadu and Colombo.

Expressing happiness over the realisation of a long-pursued goal, the chamber, in a statement said the service would pave the way for acceleration of industrial and economic growth in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.

It said that a few more infrastructure facilities at the airport would enable operation of jumbo jet aircrafts which would facilitate setting up car manufacturing/assembling units in the vicinity of Madurai.

Being an all-weather airport, it should be provided with night landing facility at the earliest, the chamber said. Inclusion of Madurai airport in the bi-lateral Airport Treaties with Malaysia, Singapore, UAE. and other Gulf Countries by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry at the earliest would truly establish its international status.

Its non-inclusion in such treaties was preventing airliners from those countries in introducing air service to Madurai although they are keen to operate the service, the chamber added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 20, 2012)
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