A delegation from Coimbatore on Thursday met Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in New Delhi and pressed for a charter of demands for improvements to aviation infrastructure and better air connectivity.

The delegation from the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore was led by its president R.R. Balasundharam and vice-president D. Nandakumar.

Talking to The Hindu over phone after the meeting, they said that the Minister had voiced support to the demand of the industries in Coimbatore region for increasing the airline operations from Coimbatore, which was declared as an International Airport recently. The Minister also promised to expedite works relating to infrastructure.

Mr. Singh expressed support for providing greater connectivity from Coimbatore to other cities both within and outside India. He wanted the ICCI to take up the issue with the concerned airlines and the ministry would back the request. The office-bearers pointed out that the airport in Coimbatore suffered from infrastructure bottlenecks and the connectivity was inadequate. They urged the Minister to accelerate the expansion programme of the airport and increase the number of cargo flights from the city.

The Chamber urged the Minister to include Coimbatore Airport in the list for bilateral agreements for unrestricted operations. It wanted operation of international flights to the Middle East with onward connections to Europe and North America and introduction of daily flights to Dubai.