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April 4th, 2010, 8:48 am Top
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Madurai-Muscat, Madurai-Dubai, Chennnai-Madurai-Maldives, Singapore/Kualalumpur-Chennai-Madurai services are being discussed. This Dinakaran reports says that it's already decided (!!!!) and that the officials are working (aayvu) on the things.

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The Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) has urged the Central and State governments to name the Madurai Airport after Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran.

Source: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Ti ... 389646.ece

First let Madurai airport gets more domestic connection and international connections. Do something for this! :lolno:


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Madurai wrote:
Madurai-Muscat, Madurai-Dubai, Chennnai-Madurai-Maldives, Singapore/Kualalumpur-Chennai-Madurai services are being discussed. This Dinakaran reports says that it's already decided (!!!!) and that the officials are working (aayvu) on the things.

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Madurai, this news not meaning that already decided! :crazy: We need to read with the next line AAYVU! :crazy:

Guys, can anyone have the latest photo update of our new terminal?


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megaraj wrote:
Madurai wrote:
Madurai-Muscat, Madurai-Dubai, Chennnai-Madurai-Maldives, Singapore/Kualalumpur-Chennai-Madurai services are being discussed. This Dinakaran reports says that it's already decided (!!!!) and that the officials are working (aayvu) on the things.

.....Madurai, this news not meaning that already decided! :crazy: We need to read with the next line AAYVU! :crazy:

Guys, can anyone have the latest photo update of our new terminal?


If you read the report, it says about a "mudivu" as well as "aayvu" and that's my confusion/question. Anyways, I won't beleive anything until the first internation flight plies in/out of Madurai.

Madurai Airport Runway photo from Dinakaran.

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Another request from Virudhunagar MP Mr. Manikthagur to make Madurai airport as International.

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Efforts on to make Madurai airport an international terminal, says MP


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MADURAI: The Airports Advisory Committee has resolved to take simultaneous steps for making Madurai airport an international terminal by June when construction work of new terminal building is expected to be over.

The panel, under the chairmanship of Virudhunagar MP Manick Tagore, met at the airport on Monday. Mr. Tagore said that customs facilities were important for an international terminal. “Minister of State for Finance S.S. Palanimanickam has promised to provide the facilities. All that he has sought is the required infrastructure for customs at the airport,” he said.

Stating that the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had made a projection of increased patronage of the Madurai airport by both domestic and international passengers, he said that the CII and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been given the responsibility to talk with private airlines to start their international operations from Madurai airport.

[COLOR="blue"]Two international flight operators were already showing interest in operating from Madurai airport, Mr. Tagore said[/COLOR].The MP also said that the strength of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) should be increased from the present 105 to 250 personnel. “The next three months will be crucial for making this an international airport,” he said.

The CII chairman, Madurai Zone, Aravind Srinivasan, and senior president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, S. Rethinavelu, were present.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/14/stories/2010041459500600.htm


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"Two international flight operators were already showing interest" - Can anyone guess who are they?
“The next three months will be crucial for making this an international airport" is 100% correct statement.
It looks like Virudhunagar MP is keen to make Madurai airport as international. He has already left his voice in parliament too. Hats off :thumbup: :clap:


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Paramount Airways landing at Madurai airport on fogy early morning



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Sundar,
Thanks for the vidoes. Was it taken by you? If so, when was the journey? Is Paramount back to its 4 flights a day?


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Sundar,
Thanks for the vidoes. Was it taken by you? If so, when was the journey? Is Paramount back to its 4 flights a day?


Yes it was taken by me on the Day 1 they start with 3 flights a day :( They are still with only 3 flights/day.


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Sundar wrote:
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"Two international flight operators were already showing interest" - Can anyone guess who are they?
“The next three months will be crucial for making this an international airport" is 100% correct statement.
It looks like Virudhunagar MP is keen to make Madurai airport as international. He has already left his voice in parliament too. Hats off :thumbup: :clap:


Sundar, Mr.Manik Tagore is one of member of The Airports Advisory Committee. That's why he is in position to give such statements. If he puts his full effort, Madurai airport will definitely gets international status or at least custom status to start with.

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மாணிக்கத் தாகூர் MP, விமானப் போக்குவரத்துத்துறை ஆலோசனைக் கமிட்டியின் உறுப்பினராக நியமனம்

இந்திய விமானப் போக்குவரத்துத் துறை அமைச்சர் மாண்புமிகு பிர‡புல் படேல் அவர்களை தலைவராகக் கொண்ட விமானப் போக்குவரத்துத்துறை ஆலோசனைக் கமிட்டியின் உறுப்பினர்களாக 15 நாடாளுமன்ற மக்களவை உறுப்பினர்களையும், 12 நாடாளுமன்ற மாநிலங்களவை உறுப்பினர்களையும் சோனியாகாந்தி அவர்களின் பரிந்துரையின் பேரில் மத்திய அரசு நியமனம் செய்துள்ளது.

இந்த ஆலோசனைக் கமிட்டியில் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள மொத்தம் 27 உறுப்பினர்களில் தமிழ்நாட்டில் நாடாளுமன்ற காங்கிரஸ் மக்களவை உறுப்பினர் மாணிக்க தாகூர் அவர்களையும், தி.மு.க. மாநிலங்களவை உறுப்பினர் திருச்சி என்.சிவா அவர்களையும் மத்திய அரசு நியமித்துள்ளது. இதன் மூலம், இந்திய விமானப் போக்குவரத்துதுறை சம்மந்தமான தேவைகளையும், அரசின் திட்டங்களையும் தமிழக மக்கள் இனி நமது எம்.பி. க்களின் மூலம் நிறைவு செய்து கொள்ளும் வாய்ப்பு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது.

I think he is the youngest (34 years age) MP in our parliament. http://manickatagore.com/


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Related photo from The Hindu,

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All set for great events:Construction of integrated passenger terminal building at Madurai airport is in progress.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/15/stories/2010041560440300.htm


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Survey work completed for the alternate plan for the Ring road to accommodate Airport Runway expansion to 12500 ft.

6.5Kms diversion on the ring road estimated at Rs.35 Cr.

New road from ELCOT Park at Vadapalanji to Airport via Tirunagar is also being planned.

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Courtesy Dinakaran.


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^^ Things are good. But how long it will take? 4-5 years?? :wallbash:


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Note: This one is the old article(30-10-2007). An article from M. Suresh, Airport Controller which says why Madurai need international connection.

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Services to foreign countries will get good patronage

MADURAI: Just two years back the question of ‘egg first or chicken first’ plagued effective utilisation of Madurai airport. What should come first? Patronage for air travel from “conservative” people of southern districts or increased flight services at convenient timings.

With 10 flights a day, the airport not only saw manifold increase in passenger patronage but also made Madurai a city with the best domestic air connectivity in Tamil Nadu. The city has been well connected with Chennai. Daily flight services also connect Madurai with two other happening cities of Bangalore and Mumbai.

As a spin off, Madurai is now the preferred choice of IT giants. Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu Chairman C. Umasankar himself has said that the distant Madurai is preferred by IT players to Tiruchi which has an international airport, just because of convenient air links with the IT cities.

The natural fallout of IT companies coming to Madurai would only strengthen the popular demand of making Madurai airport an international terminal.

A good number of people from the southern districts work abroad. Hence flight services to Singapore, the Gulf and Sri Lanka will always get good patronage, says Airport Controller M. Suresh. SriLankan Airlines, Air Arabia and Air India are keen on operating flights from here.

Room for more
As a ground work, apart from extending the length of runway to 7,500 feet, the shoulders have been widened so that aircraft with a wider body can be operated from here. Besides, the apron has been provided with additional space. At present, only two Airbuses can be parked. The new facility can accommodate three Airbus 300 and one Airbus 320.

Before acquiring the status of an international terminal, Madurai airport can attract international flights in the near future. A delegation from the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in a recent visit to South East Asian countries, impressed on the Malaysian Ministers and officials the need to introduce direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Madurai. A majority of passengers now boarding flights to South East Asian countries, especially Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, is from the southern districts.

The Singapore Airlines, in particular, is keen on tapping the potential of tier-II and III cities in India. Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has introduced its Coimbatore-Singapore flights from Sunday. According to Tan Chik Quee, senior vice-president, Singapore Airlines, they are keen to introduce flights to smaller cities and the Coimbatore operation is the first in this direction. The airline will look at Tiruchi, an international airport, for introduction of direct flights to Singapore.

The practice, according to Mr. Quee, is to upgrade the service on the basis of patronage. Twice or thrice-a-week services become daily service and as the patronage goes up Singapore Airlines takes over the operations from Silk Air. But the airline is not looking at Madurai at the moment, despite the potential of southern districts, because of the absence of customs and immigration facilities.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2007/10/30/stories ... 470300.htm


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