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Trade and exports from here will grow by leaps and bounds once the airport is open 24 hrs all days Visakhapatnam: Efforts to develop Visakhapatnam...

Trade and exports from here will grow by leaps and bounds once the airport is open 24 hrs all days

Visakhapatnam: Efforts to develop Visakhapatnam as a leading international destination got a shot in the arm with Thailand High Commissioner Pisan Manawat scheduled to visit the city on August 31. This visit will open new avenues of international air connectivity. “We are also in contact with Air Arabia and Sri Lankan Airways. But our current focus is on Thailand, said president of Vizag Development Council P Vishnu Kumar Raju and vice-president O Naresh Kumar who are also advisory board members of Airports Authority of India (AAI), Ministry of Civil Aviation. The High Commissioner of Thailand, along with his team and top decision makers of Thai Smile, will be in Visakhapatnam on August 31. Both of them thanked Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Dr D Purandeshwari for personally inviting and bringing the Thai delegation.

Currently people from this region are going from Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata to Bangkok and some cities in Thailand. With this move, it is expected that a population of three crore people, within a radius of 250 km, will benefit. “In our interaction and survey with about 20 leading travel agents operating from the city, it is reliably learnt that there is demand for an everyday flight to Thailand on all seven days of the week based on the business they are doing,” they said.

With many new international players and domestic operators showing interest in the city, “we also requested the Navy to immediately operate the airport 24/7 on all days,” they said. Domestic operators want to operate late night. Indigo has already given written request to the director, they said.

Trade and exports from here will grow by leaps and bounds once the airport is open 24 hrs all days and the cargo terminal is operational. “The airport director has informed us that work is in full progress and we can expect good news on the dedicated cargo handling soon,” Mr, Raju and Mr. Naresh added.

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