Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The new airport terminal will have all the facilities soon and there is a prospect of international flights operating from early next year.

This was the response to the demand that the city be connected internationally to help NRIs fly in and their parents fly out directly at a feedback session conducted by Air Travellers’ Association (India) and its Vizag Chapter on Sunday evening. Air India Station Manager R. Rajasekharan said the airlines was offering ‘through’ fares and was flying from Visakhapatnam to Singapore via Chennai without any extra cost barring the airport tax.

President of ATAI D Varada Reddy, who presided, said that with a passenger potential of seven to eight lakhs in the Godavari and north coastal districts, Visakhpatnam would be the gateway for international travel for the region.

He said there was a demand for direct flights to places like Goa, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

Silk Air had evinced interest in operating flights to Singapore but it could not materialise owing to delay in the new terminal getting ready.

Its officials were coming again later this month and if other conditions were conductive it was likely to make the promise good early next year.

Those flying directly from Visakhapatnam would also avoid the payment of development fee levied by private airports.