MP, Union aviation minister spar over Madurai airport
The New Indian Express|December 24, 2021
MADURAI MP Su Venkatesan's recent statement on Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia turning down the request to upgrade Madurai airport as an international one and to include it in Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) sparked a heated debate between the two on social media.

Venkatesan and Virudhunagar MP Manickam Tagore recently called on Scindia in New Delhi and submitted a written representation signed by seven MPs from south Tamil Nadu. In their letter, the MPs requested the Union Minister to include Madurai airport as a point of call in BASA and to elevate it as an 'international airport'.

In his statement sharing Scindia's response to the plea, Venkatesan, on Tuesday, said the Union Minister declined the requests saying TN already has three international airports while a few northern States have just one.

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