Considering significant growth in international passenger traffic, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has asked domestic carriers to explore possibilities of operating more overseas flights from here, especially to the West Asian region.

“We have got in touch with SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Indigo and have suggested that this could be a viable business opportunity for them,” Airport Director B C H Negi told reporters here last night.

Given the rise in international passenger traffic in recent years, authorities are hopeful of more operators exploring services to overseas destinations from Tiruchirappalli.

There was 26 per cent growth in international traffic last fiscal compared to 2013-14, he said.

The airport handled almost 12 lakh passengers in the last financial year out of which close to 11 lakh were international passengers, he said.