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CISF at Madurai airport blocks Air India direct flight from Singapore

Non availability of CISF personnel during the night hours at Madurai airport has forced Air India to suspend daily direct flight from Singapore since March 30 th this year. There is no sign of resuming the flights since the CISF is in no mood to post their personnel during the night hours when the flight lands from Singapore.

Normally flights are cancelled due to commercial consideration or lack of capacity in the relevant airport. But when both these factors are not a problem CISF has stepped in and saw to it the flight is cancelled from Singapore to Madurai.

Air India Express Madurai-Singapore flight services were stopped from March 30 due to inadequate CISF personnel who could otherwise be deployed in the night shift, the trade body stated.

CISF Madurai has called off the third shift at Madurai airport

CISF Madurai has called off the third shift at Madurai airport thereby denying security services to the Air India direct flight coming from Singapore in the night. The local chamber had approached the singapore authorities to prepone the flight's departure from Singapore but the authority could not oblige because of bunching of flights at that time.

The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to restore the Air India flight service to Singapore from Madurai airport, which was suspended on March 30.

The President of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry N Jegatheesan, in a statement, said that direct flight service between Madurai and Singapore commenced in September 2017after continous efforts by the Chamber..

To facilitate the late-night operation of the flights, the Director-General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), extended the Air Traffic Control (ATC) watch hours (6 am to 10 pm) by one hour (till 11 pm), providing overtime salary to the CISF personnel.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation urged to resume the flight operation to ensure economic development in South Tamil Nadu

The cancellation of the direct flight to Singapore affects the arrival of tourists from various nations through Singapore, the domestic trade industry and the arrival of medical tourists from Singapore and Malaysia, the Chamber mentioned. It further urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to resume the flight operation to ensure economic development in South Tamil Nadu.

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