Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is the 2nd largest contributor to India’s GDP. It is among the top 100 most developed cities in the world, with its economy being predominantly driven by BPOs and IT companies. The income-tax region of TN and Puducherry has collected Rs 85,000 crore in taxes till December-end, which is 75% of the fiscal target of Rs 1.08 lakh crore set for 2022-23. Despite these significant contributions, Chennai is left behind when it comes to non-stop flights to the United States of America.
For passengers traveling from Chennai to the US, the absence of non-stop flights has made the journey arduous and cumbersome. Currently, passengers have to make stopovers at various cities in India, such as Delhi or Mumbai, before boarding a flight to the US. This not only adds extra time to the journey but also causes unnecessary stress and fatigue.
Moreover, the lack of non-stop flights to the US has a significant impact on business opportunities. The US is one of the largest economies in the world, and having direct flights would make it easier for businesses in Chennai to connect with their counterparts in the US. This would not only promote trade but also create more job opportunities for the people of Tamil Nadu. The state has a strong IT and manufacturing industry, and non-stop flights to the US would help these industries grow even further.
The Current Scenario
Currently, there are no non-stop flights from Chennai to the USA. Passengers have to take connecting flights from other Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, or Bangalore. This not only adds to the travel time but also causes inconvenience and adds to the overall cost of the journey.
Impact on Business
The absence of non-stop flights from Chennai to the US also has broader economic implications for Tamil Nadu. The state has a diverse economy, with thriving industries in IT, automobile manufacturing, textiles, and tourism, among others. However, the lack of direct connectivity to the US hinders the growth of these industries and limits their potential. For example, the IT industry, which accounts for a significant portion of Tamil Nadu’s economy, often needs to send employees to the US for meetings, conferences, and client visits. A non-stop flight would make this process much smoother and more efficient, leading to increased business opportunities and growth.
Impact on Tourism and Education
Chennai is home to several world-class universities and educational institutions, attracting students from around the world. The lack of non-stop flights from Chennai to the US is also a missed opportunity for tourism. Tamil Nadu is home to several world-renowned tourist destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mahabalipuram and Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, as well as beautiful beaches and hill stations. However, the absence of direct connectivity to the US makes it harder for tourists to visit these places, and the state loses out on potential revenue.
The Way Forward
Non-stop flights from Chennai to the US are a need of the hour. It would not only provide convenience to passengers but also boost the economy of Tamil Nadu.
I urge the concerned authorities to consider the benefits of direct flights and take necessary steps to facilitate non-stop flights between Chennai and the US. The government and airlines should work together to make this a reality. Passengers and businesses in Chennai and the US are eagerly waiting for this long-awaited development, and it’s time to make it happen.