Port Wings News Network:
Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), umbrella body of an influential trade body in Tamil Nadu, has thanked the state Chief Minister Palaniswamy for initiatives to improve air connectivity to Kongu region.
In a press release issued on 30 October, Mr Raja M Shanmugham, President, TEA, said that the Kongu region comprising of seven districts of Western part of Tamil Nadu namely – Coimbatore, Tirupur, Karur, Nilgiris, Salem, Erode and Namakkal, is contributing to more than 40% to the state GDP has been using Coimbatore International Airport and due to deprive of direct air connectivity to international destinations, the passengers are normally going to Chennai / Bangalore / Cochin / Tiruchirappalli every day to fly to an international destination via different hubs of foreign airlines in other countries.
Furthermore, while importing accessories from China and Hong Kong, Tirupur exporters prefer Chennai airport because of its air connectivity, which is clearly lacking in Coimbatore.
Mr Raja M Shanmugham said that the Kongu Global Forum constituted to develop this region has been striving hard and meeting the Civil Aviation Ministry, Airport Authority of India, State Government, and several national carriers to address the air connectivity issue that exists in Coimbatore airport for years.
SPECIAL TEAM FOR LAND ACQUISITION
Mr Raja M Shanmugham was glad and thanked Mr Edappadi Palanisamy, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Mr S.P.Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme, for having high level meeting with Civil Aviation Secretary Mr R.N.Chaubey and Air Authority of India, Chairman Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra in Chennai on 27 October 2017 and discussed about the progress of expansion of various airports in Tamil Nadu and the land acquisition process involved.
Subsequently, a meeting headed by Mr S.P.Velumani in the presence of Chief Secretary and senior officials, Civil Aviation Secretary and AAI Chairman was also held in Coimbatore and decided to form a special team for land acquisition to develop Coimbatore Airport.
Mr Raja M Shanmugham said once the Coimbatore Airport and Air Cargo connectivity is increased further to development of airport will help for overall economy enhancement from this region including exports from Tirupur.