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
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.