Bigger planes boost air traffic through Madurai
Passenger and cargo movement will increase further: Airport Director
With introduction of bigger aircraft by the latest entrant Indigo and Jet Airways from Madurai to different destinations, the number of passengers using Madurai Airport and the movement of cargo is bound to increase soon.
Addressing the executive committee meeting of Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) here on Monday, Airport Director V.V. Rao said the increasing number of departures had resulted in a 26% increase in number of passengers using Madurai airport in 2016-17 when compared to 2015-16. “We have five bigger aircraft operating from Madurai airport since March. We expect the increase in number of passengers using the airport by at least 17% this year,” he said.
Stating that the new terminal building had almost all facilities for passengers, he said the two restaurants would soon be commissioned. The fifth childcare facility in the airport was recently put up at the arrival hall.
“Drinking water facility and free weighing machines have been installed outside the terminal hall for the benefit of passengers and visitors. These facilities are not seen in any other airport,” he said.
Mr. Rao said that after the State government handed over 615 acres of land under acquisition to the airport, the runway would be extended to 12,500 feet as against the existing 8,000 feet. This will help in handling wide-bodied aircraft.
Besides, the Airports Authority of India plans to construct a new air traffic control tower, new fire station and new staff quarters.
Cargo facility has all arrangements, including a new x-ray machine. “It will be commissioned upon getting security clearance,” he said.
During the interaction, MADITSSIA president L. Murari wanted Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation to operate air-conditioned buses to the airport from city.
Members also complained about men manning the toll gate for car parking insisting on payment of parking charges while entering the airport though for dropping of passengers within stipulated time there was no such charge.
Besides, they wanted to rearrange the baggage carousel to prevent baggages from getting damaged.
MADITSSIA secretary K.P. Murugan and treasurer V. Senthi Kumar were present.
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