Traders and industrialists have for long been demanding more international flights from Madurai. At present, Dubai and Sri Lanka are the only two foreign countries connected directly by Madurai airport. Although many foreign operators are willing to launch flights from the city airport, especially in the backdrop of international cargo facility, they could not do so in the absence of a bilateral treaty. The traders want the ministry of civil aviation to take steps to ensure more flights connecting various international destinations.
According to Madurai Travel Club’s estimation, more than three lakh people travel every year between Dubai and Madurai. Two lakh people working in Dubai hail from Madurai and southern districts. In all, 20 to 30 per cent of international passengers from Chennai are from Madurai and southern districts. Around 30 to 40 per cent of international passengers using Trichy Airport are from nine districts around Madurai.
Club also says that Dubai being one of the topmost tourist destinations in the world for sightseeing and shopping, direct flights would facilitate more leisure travellers from south Tamil Nadu. Paul Pierce Womens Jersey