Come April, people can directly fly to Singapore out of Madurai airport. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has cleared the proposal of Spicejet Airlines to operate the Singapore flight service from Madurai.

“The summer schedule proposed by Spicejet has been cleared by the Civil Aviation Ministry,” Virudhunagar MP and Chairperson of Madurai Airport Advisory Committee B. Manicka Tagore told The Hindu on Monday. The flight services could be launched in mid-April, he added.

Madurai is already connected to Colombo by a Spicejet flight. Mihin Lanka would begin the second international flight service from Madurai to the same destination on December 7.

Mr. Tagore said that the first flight to south east Asia would add to the tourism potential of both Madurai and Singapore, besides improving trade and business.

Patronage from the people of southern districts to the Colombo services has been very encouraging. The 78-seater aircraft of Spiceject flies with an average of 70 per cent occupancy,” R. Sriram of Balika Travels said.

He expected the airfare to fall once Mihin Lanka began its services with an A-320 aircraft.

From Rs. 6,000

“The lowest return fare had been Rs. 6,000 and the highest one-way fare has gone up to Rs. 12,000,” he added. With the A-320 aircraft adding 180 seats per flight on the Madurai-Colombo route, the fare is likely to fall substantially.

Mr. Tagore said that he was in touch with the Union Civil Aviation Minister demanding the Indian Airlines to commence its services to the Gulf region from Madurai.