Air India Express, India’s first international budget carrier expands its wings to Madurai Airport in Tamilnadu, introducing first ever non-stop connectivity to Singapore and Delhi. Mr. Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Shipping inaugurated the service to Singapore at a function held at Madurai Airport on Friday, September 15, 2017. Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Hon’ble MP and V. V. Rajan Chellappa, were present. Mr. Rajiv Bansal, CMD, Air India inaugurated the service at a function held at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. Mr. Bansal presented the first boarding card to Mr. Raju from Madurai.
Inaugural flight, IX 684 departed on its scheduled departure time of 11.15 pm, carrying 145 passengers on its maiden flight to Singapore. The flight arrived in Singapore next day at 06.15 am (local time). IX 163 departed at its scheduled departure time of 07.00 pm, carrying 131 passengers on its maiden flight to Madurai. Mr. K. Shyam Sundar, CEO, Air India Express and senior officials of the airline traveled in the inaugural flight along with the passengers. The crew onboard the inaugural flight included Capt. V. S. Rajkumar, First Officer Nirmaljeet Singh, along with cabin crew, Naveen Lal, Barnali Bezboruah, Manu Chaudhary and Alka Naharwal.
The flights from Madurai to Singapore will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with departure at 11.15 pm. In the return direction, the flight IX 683 will depart Singapore at 10.40 AM and arrive in Madurai at 12.25 PM. Singapore – Madurai services will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. With this service, Air India Express became the first airline to offer non-stop connectivity from Madurai to South East Asia.
The nonstop service from Madurai to Delhi will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Flight IX 164 will depart Madurai at 01.50 PM and arrive in Delhi at 05.05 PM. In the return direction, flight IX 163 will depart Delhi at 07.00 PM and arrive in Madurai at 10.15 PM. This flight will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Air India Express is the first airline to offer non-stop services between Delhi and Madurai which will cut the travel time to 3 hours.