Silk Air, the regional wing of the Singapore Airlines, is likely to expand its operations here by adding one more flight from Coimbatore to Singapore.

Sources told The Hindu on Thursday that the additional flight was likely to fly out from Coimbatore airport on April 6{+t}{+h}midnight. Silk Air, which has been operating from Coimbatore Airport for five years now, had taken the decision to expand the operations in order to cater to the increased demand for international connectivity from the region.

A confirmatory press release was likely to be issued by the airline company at a later date.

When contacted, Airport Director K. Peter Abraham confirmed Silk Air was going to operate an additional flight. The airport was now working to put in place the requisite manpower to accommodate the new flight, he added.

At present, Coimbatore airport has two international flight operators - Air Arabia and Silk Air. The only international destinations connected directly to Coimbatore are Sharjah, by Air Arabia, and Singapore by Silk Air. Now, Silk Air was operating thrice a week -- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The new flight would leave for Singapore Saturday midnight. Air Arabia operates five flights a week.

The Coimbatore airport is all set for a major development as notification has been issued for acquiring 629 acres to construct a Rs. 800-crore integrated terminal, which will be spread across five lakh sq.ft. The terminal spans around 1.25 lakh sq.ft.

The land acquisition would also facilitate the extension of the runway to 15,500 feet from the present 9,900 feet after which even bigger planes such as Boeing 747 would be able to land.

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