Air Travellers’ Association (India) welcomed the decision of the Indian Navy to operate the airport 24/7 thrice a week from March 1. In a statements issued on Thursday, ATA (I) president D. Varada Reddy recalled the efforts made by Rajya Sabha Member T. Subbarami Reddy in this regard. He thanked Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command for their help.