CON­VERG­ING CARGO OP­ER­A­TIONS AND PAS­SEN­GER COM­FORT

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Madurai Air­port is pri­mar­ily a cus­toms air­port lo­cated in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu and serves as a gate­way to the south­ern dis­tricts of the state. It is a steadily grow­ing non-metro In­dian air­port which lays 12 km away from Madurai city.

The area of Madurai Air­port was ini­tially used as an air­field by the Bri­tish Royal Air Force dur­ing World War II in 1942. Af­ter the end of World War II, the air­port was used by The Hindu, a lead­ing In­dian na­tional news­pa­per, to bring its news­pa­pers that were printed in Chen­nai to Madurai. As the de­mand for civil avi­a­tion by the peo­ple liv­ing in and around the city in­creased, the air­port be­gan com­mer­cial

op­er­a­tions in 1957.

Madurai Air­port was an­nounced as a cus­toms air­port with ef­fect from Jan­uary 1, 2012. Fur­ther, in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions to Sri Lanka also com­menced from Septem­ber 20, 2012.

PRESENT STA­TUS

Cur­rently, Madurai Air­port is han­dling 46 (23 ar­rivals + 23 departures) move­ments per day op­er­ated by var­i­ous sched­uled air­line op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Air In­dia, Jet Air­ways, Spice­jet, Indigo, Air In­dia Ex­press, Al­liance Air and Sri Lankan Air­lines. Among these, eight move­ments (four ar­rivals + four departures) in­volve in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.

The air­port run­way length is 2285X45 me­tres. It is ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing air­craft up to Air­bus 321-200 and Boe­ing 737-800. The air­port is equipped with seven

In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions, Madurai Air­port

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