Indore: Taking a step towards starting international flights, Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport management is making efforts to set up immigration and customs counters within two months. The international flights will start from city by year end.

City airport director Aryama Sanyal told mediapersons on Monday that ministry of civil aviation has granted approval to set up immigration and customs counters here. A proposal to this effect was mooted by her to Airport Authority of India, which was then forwarded to civil aviation ministry.

The ministry has asked union home and finance ministry to issue notification about setting up of immigration and custom counters in security hold area of airport’s new terminal building. Sanyal said that notification by both the ministries will follow direction to customs commissioner, Indore, and Intelligence Bureau (IB) to open counters here.

As reported earlier, AAI, CISF and customs had carried out a joint survey for this purpose on July 17. On the basis of findings of survey, a proposal was sent to AAI. Sanyal said ministry has urged aviation department of state government to coordinate with both the union ministries for speedy issuance of necessary notification.

Sanyal said trial has already been carried out when a chartered international passenger flight flew to Colombo in Sri Lanka recently. She said Jet Airways had filed proposal for a flight from Indore to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bangkok etc.

Belly flight

If international flights start from city, they may also carry the cargo. Such flights are called ‘Belly flights’. The export and import facilities already exist in city. Air cargo complex has already been developed.

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