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Madurai airport to handle foreign cargo

DC | A.R. Meyyammai | 30th May 2013

Madurai: Here is some good news for trade and industry in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. The Central government has allowed international freight movement from Madurai airport.

According to Madurai airport director K. Sangaiah Pandian, the Union finance ministry has issued customs notification dated May 28, 2013 to handle cargo at the Madurai airport. “All types of goods right from perishable to industrial and textiles can be exported. And, there is no restriction on quantity either,” Pandian told Deccan Chronicle.

To start with, the international flights operating from and to Madurai are expected to haul belly cargo (cargo stowed under the main deck of an aircraft). However, the notification permitting “unloading of imported goods and the loading of export goods or any class of such goods” also means exclusive cargo flights could also be operated.

“The master plan of the airport includes a cargo complex along with two additional terminal buildings, expansion of runway and other facilities. Hence, operation of cargo flights by airlines could become a reality in future depending upon the export potential of the region,” Pandian pointed out.

Madurai is connected by air only with Colombo. While Indian  carrier SpiceJet operates daily flights to the Sri Lankan capital, mainly catering to the tourism sector, the Lankan government’s budget airline Mihin Lanka connects the Temple City with Middle East and Far East countries. “Mihin Lanka expects to carry at least two tonnes of cargo from Madurai per trip,” Pandian said.

Hailing the issuance of notification, the Tamilnadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the upgradation of Madurai airport as cargo airport would facilitate direct export of cargo from the southern districts. “Direct export of commodities through Madurai airport will substantially bring down the transportation cost and time and also help increase the quantum of exports,” said its senior president S. Rethinavelu.

Until now, textiles, handloom towels, fresh vegetables and fruits, especially from Oddanchathiram in Dindigul district, flowers, especially the famous Madurai malli, engineering goods, automobile parts, granite and medical equipment are exported to foreign countries through airports at Thiruvananthap­uram, Kochi and Kozhi­kode, in Kerala, and Tiru­chy and Chennai in TN.

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by TAMIL NADU (not verified) on
DO NOT WORRY THERE ARE BEUROCRATS LIKE RAMDASS,SEEMAN,AND EVEN THE RULING STATE GOVERNMENT WILL PLAY POLITICAL GAMES TO HINDER ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS.TAMILIANS AND TAMILNADU SHOULD HAVE LUCK FOR ANY CENTRAL PROJECTS TO BE REALISED.
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by Gouthaman (not verified) on
Central govt is acting very slow. Why have they debarred landing rights for Silk Air, Air Asia to Madurai. TN govt should take over Madurai airport as protest. The Hindian govt is enforcing UDF fees from Tamil Nadu and diverting funds to North India. TN govt should take serious note of these corruptionl
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by Jeyaraman (not verified) on
Why international filghts from Singaore , Malaysia and other countries are still pending?
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by Jeyaraman (not verified) on
Why international filghts from Singaore , Malaysia and other countries are still pending?

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