Indian Airlines to resume Madurai-Mumbai direct service
Airbus aircraft will carry 144 passengers.
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
March 27, 2006
Indian Airlines is planning to resume direct flights from Madurai to Mumbai from March 26, 2006. The airline will operate an A319 aircraft, with a seating capacity of 144 passengers, with Chennai on its route both to Mumbai and Madurai.
Indian Airlines flight IC-671 would leave Mumbai at 0920 hours and arrive at Chennai at 1105 hours. It would leave Chennai at 1145 hours and reach Madurai at 1240 hours. On its return flight, IC 672 would leave Madurai at 1320 hours, reach Chennai at 1415 hours and finally touch down at Mumbai at 1640 hours.
The Madurai-Mumbai flight would offer connections to New Delhi, Kolkata, Dubai, Muscat, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Chennai and to Ahemedabad and Nagpur from Mumbai.
The flight will be a boon to flower exporters in Madurai, as they expect to dispatch their commodities to Singapore through the country's financial capital. Many of the new private sector airlines Paramount Airways and Air Deccan have strong operation in South India. With their aggressive expansion in South India, Indian Airlines too has now been forced to expand services and offer more flights here.