Indian aviation authority rejects direct flight link between Madurai and Singapore

The Hindu, 7 Apr 2013
The Centre’s refusal to permit operation of flight services between Madurai and Singapore has come as a rude shock to the industry bodies, travel agents and airline operators here. All those who wanted Madurai airport to fly high are now dejected over their desires having been grounded.
Rubbing salt to the wound, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had rejected the proposal despite Singapore’s inclination to operate flight services to Madurai, and the readiness exp
ressed by two private airlines to commence operations in the sector.
The ministry had signed a new memorandum of understanding with Singapore on April 2 and decided to enhance passenger traffic between the two nations by 10 per cent in the existing routes. But Singapore’s demand to include two additional point of calls — Madurai and Pune — has been rejected. Full story