Nearly a year after Air Arabia and Emirates Airlines announced plans to launch international flights from Indore, little to no progress in this direction is visible on the ground.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, however, has renewed efforts and made a pitch to the Union civil aviation ministry.
During a recent visit of Union minster of state for tourism and civil aviation Mahesh Sharma, chief minister Chouhan urged him to start international flights from the state to boost its commercial and tourism potential. However, officials say airlines are not yet ready to launch international flights from Indore.
In September 2014, Air Arabia and Emirates Airlines had applied to the Union civil aviation ministry for permission to launch international flights from the city.
“The airlines had assured the state government that they would be launching international flights from Indore once they get permission from the Union government. However, we are yet to hear from the airlines,” a state government official said.
Emirates Airlines had even conducted a survey at the Indore airport to test viability of an Indore-Dubai flight. The government too had shared statistics related to the export of medicines from the region, following which Emirates has showed interest to link international flights with cargo service.
“Indore airport has the infrastructure to launch international flights, and we are ready to take additional measures, as required. But, ultimately it is up to the airlines to launch the flights,” Indore airport director Manoj Chansoria said.