Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Tiruchi-Kuala Lumpur air service soon

TIRUCHI: Air Asia, a low-cost carrier, would soon operate direct air services on the Tiruchi-Kuala Lumpur sector.

The airline is planning daily services on the Kuala Lumpur-Tiruchi-Kuala Lumpur sector from mid-August. According to Airport sources, Civil Aviation Ministry has cleared the introduction of the service while clearances were awaited from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Indications are that the service, likely to be in the morning, would be launched by August 12. The airline may deploy A-320 aircraft for the service.

Second carrier

Air Asia would be the second international low-cost carrier introducing services from Tiruchi to destinations abroad after the Air India Express (Colombo-Tiruchi-Colombo service of another low-cost carrier, Mihin Lanka, remains suspended). Sources indicated that Air Asia could be interested in connecting more destinations from Tiruchi, including Bangkok and Singapore in future.

Meanwhile, Air India which had increased its frequency to make it a daily service on the Chennai-Tiruchi-Thiruvananthapuram-Sharjah sector, is seeking to operate the service all through the week in the return direction too.

However, shortage of manpower in the Central Industrial Security Force, in charge of the airport’s security here, has been hampering the move.

The return flights of the airline now skips Tiruchi on three days (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) and flies directly to Chennai, as the CISF has not been able to make arrangements for providing security cover here.

Air India could also be looking to add more domestic and foreign destinations from Tiruchi, including Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Mumbai.

However, the plans are likely to be firmed up only after the merger process of the two national carriers are fully completed.

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