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Jun 17, 2007 at 04:28pm IST

Airlines line up to operate from Trichy

New Delhi: Many airlines are lining up to begin operations from the southern city as the Rs 26 crore extension work at the Tiruchirapalli International Airport have completed.

Air India Express has approached the airport with plans to launch operations on the Tiruchi-Dubai and Tiruchi-Singapore sectors, airport Director S Sreekumar told PTI in Tiruchirapalli.

The airlines, to use the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, would commence operations from March 26, he said.

QUEUING UP: Air India has approached with plans to launch operations on Dubai and Singapore sectors.

While Malaysian Airlines had approached AAI last year with plans to operate direct services to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Kingfisher Airlines has also showed interest to introduce services to Chennai and other destinations.

Oman Airways is also keen to launch services to Gulf countries and Air Arabia had carried out market survey in and around Tiruchirappalli, Sreekumar said.

The Rs 26 crore project to expand the runway to 8,000 feet from 6,100 feet began in March 2004 and after obtaining certification from the Airport Authority of India this month, the Tiruchirappalli airport could now handle wider-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 737s, he added.

Further extension of the runway to 12,500 feet has been approved by the AAI and would be implemented when the state government acquires the requisite land, he said.

The airport is in the process of constructing of a new Air Terminal complex, after it acquired 50 acre of land from the state government, Sreekumar added.

AAI is hopeful to commission the new Air Terminal before end of 2008, he said.

Canopies at arrival area, extended aprons to house two to three aircrafts at a time, installation of public announcement systems, control towers fitted with modern gadgets and clamping of Electronic Flight Plan Filing System are also being worked out simultaneously as part of the modernisation efforts of the Trichy Airport, he added.

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