The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to install a special canopy at the airport in Tiruchirapalli to help protect perishable export items like fruits and flowers from rains.
AAI Tiruchirapalli plans to erect a special Rs 38 lakh canopy before commencement of the monsoon season, a top airport official said.
"Over 90 per cent of export items include perishables such as fruits and flowers to overseas destinations like Colombo, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Seoul," Airport Director BCH Negi said.
The airport, which is one of the oldest in the country, is also poised to surpass 12 lakh passengers. Barring one or two flights, which operate domestic services, all other flights out of this airport are to overseas destinations.