Vijayawada: A cross section of the society welcomed the start of direct flights to Singapore from Vijayawada city.
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the first Indigo flight from Vijayawada airport to Singapore on Tuesday.
Shortly afterwards, the Vice-President said that there was vast scope for air cargo services from Vijayawada airport as surrounding regions are agri rich regions.
He said Nuzvid mango and other agricultural products could be exported to global markets directly from the airport providing value addition to the produce of farmers.
V. Saradhi, B. Srinivas and others said that the direct flight service will help students desirous of pursuing higher education in Singapore. They said that direct international flights from Vijayawada to other countries was needed as students in large numbers go to the USA, England, Germany and other countries for higher studies.
Indigo chief commercial officer William Bowlder said that Singapore flight was the first international service from Vijayawada airport.
He said that presently, the service is available twice a week and, with the cooperation of state government, Indigo will increase the frequency....