The low-cost carrier Air India Express has resumed its daily service on the Tiruchi-Dubai-Tiruchi sector from Monday last. The flights were suspended in May last because of upgrade work taken up at the Dubai International Airport. The airline has been operating flights on Tiruchi-Sharjah sector since then. The clearance for the resumption of the flights had been received from the Dubai airport authorities, according to Air India Express sources. The sources said the flights (AXB 612/611) from Dubai would arrive here at 1340 hrs and leave for Dubai at 1445 hrs. The airline operates an all-economy 186-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the sector. Travel agents have welcomed the resumption of the flights. A large number of migrant workers from the central and southern districts had been patronising the service and the withdrawal had caused inconvenience to them. Welcoming this resumption, M S Paramasivam, Chairman, Travel Agents Association of India, South Tamil Nadu Chapter, he wanted the Air India Express should resume flights to Abu Dhabi from here. The Abu Dhabi service, which was popular among semi-skilled migrant workers from the southern districts, especially those working in oil companies in Abu Dhabi.
The airline withdrew its twice-a-week service on the Chennai-Tiruchi-Abu Dhabi/Abu Dhabi-Tiruchi-Chennai sector in October 2012. The service was one of the earliest operated by the national carrier from here and had been commanding a good load factor of about 80 per cent.
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