As the boom in textile and manufacturing sector is attracting more air passengers to Coimbatore region, the Peelamedu airport is all set for development.
According to the AAI statistics, the airport had 13,532 international and domestic aircraft movements from April 2006 to March 2007, an increase of 45.3 percent while 86, 6969 passengers passed through the airport from April 2006 to March 2007, an increase of 51.1 percent. According to K Ramalingam, Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, AAI, the airport has been included in the international-domestic pattern of development meant for medium-sized airports.
The scheme enables dual use of passenger terminals for domestic as well as international aircraft, he added. In addition to the business travellers who visit Coimbatore town, a large number of travellers have started using the airport as a convenient landing point of visits to export zones of Karur and Tirupur.
This drew more airlines to operate services out of Peelamedu. Paramount Airways, Go Air, Air Deccan and Air Sahara are the domestic carriers who spotted the opportunity and started services to Chennai, Bangalore and other cities. Earlier, only Indian and Jet Airways used to fly to this small town.
With large IT and ITeS companies moving toward expanding to Tier II cities, Coimbatore is witnessing an IT boom. This will reflect in aviation scene necessitating airport development. Hence, AAI has quickened its pace to ready the airport to meet the needs of airlines and air passengers, Ramalingam said.
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