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Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:July 8th, 2017, 9:54 am
by Sundar
- Times of India -

Hardcore fans launch website, do Madurai airport proud on web

Madurai: For a casual visitor, the website provides a wealth of reliable information which would be useful for any traveller or tour planner. Information on flight schedule, passengers' facilities, shopping, food and beverages, statistics, gallery, nearby tourist attractions, technical information and latest news about the airport fill the pages. What is amusing though is that the website is maintained by fans and not an official one.

While it is quite normal for any public facility to enjoy the bouquets and brickbats of its local people, Madurai International Airport's hardcore fans have just not stopped with merely cheering the developments. They have launched a website to spread the word about their airport. Anyone who gets into the website would tend to think that it is an official website due to its appearance and the way the information is maintained. Most importantly, no advertisement is seen on the website. The fans have also been managing a Facebook page for the last three years.

"The website helps passengers to get a basic idea about the airport and flight details when there is no dedicated official website available. For a moment I thought the airport had got its official website, until I saw the declaration," said S K Sarath, a frequenter from Madurai.

The fan following of the airport is well-known with the facebook page maintained by the same section of fans commanding close to 30, 000 followers. Every new flight taking off/landing, facility inaugurated and "every firsts" are being celebrated on the page. However, though they also maintain a recently started Twitter handle, it is yet to pick up fans. The pages are popular among Maduraiites living abroad too.

Developing such a professional website and its maintenance cost at least a lakh of rupees, says the managing director of Megsoft, a smallscale IT company based in Madurai, Sundar Megaraj. It was he along with doctor friend Mahendra Varman and Mohammed Mustafa, a teacher working in Dubai, who launched it. Megaraj says it is maintained by dedicated developers from his company. They took the Mumbai airport's design as reference for the new one. "To make it more professional and keep off copyrights infringement, we purchased the template used for the website and it took close to two months to develop it," says he. Although there were a good number of visitors, they were not going to solicit advertisements since they wanted to maintain a professional look for the website, he said.

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:July 9th, 2017, 2:15 pm
by M.Mohamed Rafi
Dear staunch Maduraiites supporting and promoting the cause of our Madurai, many thanks for maintaining this special "". kudos.

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:July 9th, 2017, 8:29 pm
by Sundar
Extented space - Domestic SHA


Airport feels the pinch as fliers increase

PostPosted:July 25th, 2017, 10:53 am
by Sundar
Even as the number of fliers from Madurai airport has been growing, its development in terms of runway expansion has been mired in delays for years. Looked upon as the way forward for the airport, the expansion will enable bigger flights to land here. Meanwhile, the terminal building, which was put to use in 2010, has been hamstrung by space constraints with the growing passenger traffic.

The airport has been witnessing an impressive rise in the number of passengers. In 2013 only 6.39 lakh passengers used the terminal including 1.02 lakh international passengers. The number grew rapidly to 9.69 lakh passengers including 2.72 lakh international passengers in 2016. In other words, only an average of 53,326 passengers per month used the terminal in 2013 whereas in 2017 it has almost doubled to 98, 717.
Industrial bodies in Madurai too have been demanding better facilities including runway expansion. President of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce (TNCC) N Jagatheesan said that at present Madurai airport terminal could handle only 250 outbound and 250 inbound passengers at a time. During noon when the domestic traffic was higher, not much space was available for the passengers. He also pointed out that Trichy and Tuticorin airports were going for terminal building expansion and Madurai would soon lag behind. AAI officials said the situation was being managed through a temporary arrangement — by using up the space available for international passengers.

Mohammed Mustafa, an airport enthusiast hailing from Madurai working in Dubai, said "The day the airport will struggle to handle the crowd is not too far away if immediate efforts are not taken for the expansion of the terminal building. The issue needs to be addressed with priority. While many keep insisting on runway expansion as if it is the only way to development, the congested terminal is fast becoming a problem. But many fail to notice it," he said.

However, senior president of TNCC S Rethinavelu said that unlike Trichy airport, where construction of new building was planned, Madurai terminal was constructed with far-sighted plan and there was no need to construct a new building. The space could be expanded by adding compartments for which they had petitioned the authorities and expect it to materealise soon. ... s?from=mdr

AI to launch Singapore flight soon

PostPosted:July 25th, 2017, 10:55 am
by Sundar
Air India is all set to connect Madurai with Singapore. The new service, which is expected to start in September, will bring double delight as it will connect Delhi directly, something which the city has been craving for. At present a Delhi-bound passenger from here has to catch a connection flight from Chennai to reach Delhi.

This will be the third International flight from Madurai after Dubai and Colombo. SpiceJet operates to Colombo and Dubai while Mihin Lanka flies to Colombo. Confirming the new service, Airport Authority of India sources said the flight would be operated four times a week. However, depending on the patronage, it may be made daily too. The news has sparked celebrations among residents and fliers in the district.

Since Madurai has not been included in the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with international destinations other than Colombo, foreign flights cannot operate from here although many have evinced interest in operating flights. However, nothing stops Indian operators from operating flights to foreign destinations. With the international cargo facility expected to become operational shortly, they are expected to come forward to fly to destinations like Malaysia.

Former president of Madurai Travel Club BGS Mustafa said that the demand for a flight to Singapore was being made for the last five years. The service would help business development in Madurai besides increasing tourist inflow to the temple city. The timing of the flight would be an added advantage as they plan to operate in the night.

Senior president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce S Rethinavelu said, "It is a big development for Madurai airport. With the international cargo facility expected to take off in a month, it would be more viable. At present the flights to Dubai and Colombo are going with empty cargo space. It would help local educated young farmers to export vegetables, fruits and jasmine," he said.

People from south Tamil Nadu can now look to fly directly to Malaysia and Gulf countries. ... 706575.cms

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:July 28th, 2017, 12:51 am
by naveenisaacdaniel
Today IXM received two a321s - Air India VT-PPO & Srilankan airlines 4R-ANC (a321neo)

Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 1st, 2017, 7:46 pm
by Sundar
Madurai-Singapore flight service to start from September 15

Madurai: Officials from Airport Authorities of India (AAI) confirmed the proposed flight
connecting Madurai with Singapore and said that the service would start from September 15. The flight will also provide the first direct flight to Delhi from Madurai International Airport. Delhi-Madurai-Singapore flight was proposed by Air India Express, based in Kochi, a subsidiary of India's flag carrier Air India. While the fate of the service hinged for the nod from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the security agency has now given the nod.

The connectivity with Singapore has been a long pending demand. Various stake holders of the Madurai airport like industry bodies and enthusiasts had been insisting for the service. It would be beneficial for both the business prospectus of Madurai as well as for the major chunk of migratory work force in South East Asia from Madurai and southern Tamil Nadu. Although the proposal by the carrier was made a long back, it was pending for the approval from CISF, which provides security to the terminal. It delayed clearance citing that its shift ends by 10pm and the new service was proposed after the time. However, the way is cleared as the agency has agreed to stretch duty hours.

Madurai Airport director VV Rao confirmed the new service. He said that while all the departments concerned, like airports authority, immigration and customs had already given consent for the service, it was awaiting for CISF nod, which has been given at present. Now the onus is on the airliner to begin service.

The service will start from September 15. The flight which starts from Delhi will land in Madurai at 10.15pm and depart to Singapore 11.15pm. While returning, it will land in Madurai at 12.05pm and will leave for Delhi at 1.35pm. To start with, the flight will be operated four days in a week. Depending on the patronage, it may be made regular in future. ... 864472.cms

Madurai to get direct flight to Singapore

PostPosted:August 2nd, 2017, 1:33 pm
by Sundar
Third international destination to be connected from Madurai after Colombo, Dubai

Madurai is all set to get direct air link to Singapore with Air India showing keen interest to start international flight operation from September 15.

“We have cleared certain constraints at Madurai airport for operation of late night departures to Singapore from Madurai. The services will start after the headquarters of Airport Authority of India cleared the proposal,” said Madurai Airport Director, V.V. Rao.

Air India has proposed to fly to Singapore from Madurai on four days a week. The flight would leave Madurai at around 11.15 p.m. and reach Singapore at 6.15 a.m. In the return direction it would leave Singapore at 10.40 a.m. and reach Madurai at 12.10 p.m.

The constraint in permitting the flight to the new international destination was in extending the airport operations timing beyond 10 p.m. At present, the AAI officials and staff work in two shifts between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“However, as the Singapore flight is scheduled to arrive Madurai from Delhi at 9.45 p.m. and depart to Singapore at 11.15 p.m., the airport operation timing has to be extended by over 1.45 hours (including 30 minutes after last departure),” Mr. Rao said.

After airport operations timings, only a skeletal strength of CISF personnel are deployed for taking care of the watch towers, airport terminal building gates, and operating gates and surveillance in and around airport.

“Given its strength, the CISF could not spare their men in the security hold area after 10 p.m.. Now, the issue is cleared with sanction of additional strength for CISF personnel,” Mr. Rao said.

The AAI staff and CISF personnel have now come forward to work for extended hours to meet the passenger requirements of an additional international flight and for the economic growth of the region, he added.

Mr. Rao said that the extended working timings of the airport could also attract other airliners to operate additional services — at least domestic flights — in the nights that could provide convenient connectivity to different destinations.


Senior president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the Singapore flight service would be game changer for Madurai airport. The new flight will boost economic growth as more industrialists will come forward to invest in the proposed Madurai-Thoothukudi industrial corridor.

Already, two flights to Colombo and one flight to Dubai are being operated from Madurai.

“The additional service will only put the infrastructure available at Madurai airport to good use. Except for manpower, we have all the facilities for round-the-clock operation of the airport,” he added.

Mr. Rethinavelu thanked Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan for taking up the CISF issue with the Union Home Minister.

Additional benefit

The new flight would also give the first direct link for Madurai with New Delhi. “Other flights hop at either Mumbai or Chennai. The direct link will help passengers save more than one hour of travel time,” Mr. Rao said. ... 402953.ece

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 2nd, 2017, 3:47 pm
by M.Mohamed Rafi
very good indeed. in fact air-india should've started services to overseas long back. better late than never. thanks to Air-India.

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 2nd, 2017, 6:38 pm
by Sundar
Air India Express opened booking for IXM-SIN and IXM-DEL

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PostPosted:August 3rd, 2017, 11:03 am
by Sundar

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 3rd, 2017, 11:26 am
by Sundar

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 7th, 2017, 12:46 pm
by Roger
Hello everyone, I've been following this discussion for a long time now and have been tempted to join in to contribute many, many times. This news has made the difference! I've been living in Melbourne for over 12 years now and have had to endure long journey times and stop overs to get back home to Madurai, until now. This flight will mean I have just one stop over in Singapore and no hassles of waiting in Chennai. Thank you to all the seniors and vocal advocates of our airport in this forum, for all your hard work, perseverance and persistence. I sincerely hope that travellers make good use of the flight and that it becomes a daily soon.

I still remember visiting the airport as a kid, on school field trips, to see the one daily flight from Madras come in and take off an hour later! There was no security and no queues and we could run up the stairs to the balcony to see the shiny Indian Airlines aircraft. Thinking back now, the old airport building seemed as big as one of the bungalows in the Madura Coats club campus at Kochadai!

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 10th, 2017, 10:44 pm
by M.Mohamed Rafi
Hope this Air-India's service , though belated will certainly get a good patronage. wish addition of many more destinations in the coming years from our Madurai airport.

Re: Madurai Airport

PostPosted:August 11th, 2017, 8:25 am
by Sundar
M.Mohamed Rafi wrote:Hope this Air-India's service , though belated will certainly get a good patronage. wish addition of many more destinations in the coming years from our Madurai airport.
If AIE gets good patronage, they may make it as daily service to Singapore. Our next target should be Kula lumpur.