Turn Madurai airport into international, Congress MP writes to PM Modi

01 January 2022 22:11 STI

New Delhi [India]Jan 01 (ANI): Congressman Manickam Tagore wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to announce Madurai Airport as an international airport.
Tagore, who is also the chairman of Madurai Airport, said in his letter that it was proposed for the Prime Minister to visit Tamil Nadu on January 12 and that the announcement of the airport as an airport international would be a gift to Madurai for Pongal.
“Since it is proposed that the Prime Minister will visit Tamil Nadu on January 12, 2022, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention the long-standing request to announce Madurai Airport as an international airport and to obtain cabinet approval accordingly,” his letter read.
Noting that on numerous occasions he has stressed the importance of making the airport an international airport to the Union Government, the Congressman said, “Madurai Airfield was used during World War II world in 1942 by the Royal Air Force (British India) and most It is important to note that the first Fokker Friendship passenger flight was operated in 1956 from Chennai to Madurai via Trivandrum.”
“Also, after the construction of a new terminal in 2010 by the UPA government, it became the international customs airport in 2012 and started operations in Dubai and Colombo,” he added. .

Pointing out that many airports created in recent years have been transformed into international airports, Mr. Tagore said: “If we take a look at the map of commercial activities, it would be justified to make it the international airport” .
“Although there were only three international services, this airport handled 15,32,071 passengers – 11,78,738 domestic passengers and 3,53,333 international passengers – in 2018-19, an increase of 6.1% over compared to the figures of the previous year. The international passenger traffic for the said period at other airports is the same is very low compared to Madurai,” he said.
“However, the Minister of Civil Aviation, GOI, in his recent response dated December 8, 2021, stated several reasons as well as the need to obtain Union Cabinet approval.
In case of modernization of the airport, it would lead to an increase in the GDP of the state and the country with enhanced business activities as well as jobs in the state,” he added.
Stating that the upgrade would lead to increased GDP for the state and the country with improved business activities as well as jobs in the state, the Congressman concluded by saying, “In view of the above and As Madura Airport comes near Virudhunagar Constituency, Lok Sabha, I request you in my personal capacity as Chairman of Madurai Airport to announce Madurai Airport as the international airport which is the genuine Pongal gift by yourself for the state. Accordingly, I strongly hope that you will announce during your visit on January 12, 2022 and decide in the Union Cabinet as advised by the Minister of Civil Aviation. » (ANI)

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