Arrival of politicians by private jets and choppers: Chennai airport gains festivity

As political party leaders are actively involved in their electoral campaigns in Tamil Nadu, the old Chennai airport has begun to gain the aura of festivity with the arrival of private planes and helicopters.

Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan, President of Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM), arrived at the Chennai Old Airport by helicopter from Kanchipuram at 11.30 am today and then left Chennai Airport at 12 noon on a private flight to Coimbatore.

Similarly, DMK leader Stalin has filed his nomination papers in Kolathur this afternoon and left for Trichy on a private flight from the Chennai airport in the afternoon. He will begin his campaign from Thiruvarur at 5 pm.

Prime Minister Modi has already flown to Chennai by private plane to Puducherry and by private plane to Coimbatore. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already flown by helicopter from Chennai to places like Karaikal and Villupuram. Similarly, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Chennai on a private plane and flew to Pondicherry by a chopper.

The Union Home Ministry also campaigned in Coimbatore a few days ago and flew to Chennai on a private plane to attend talks on the alliance with the AIADMK. Similarly, as political party leaders have been involved in the campaign-travel by air, the number of private planes and helicopters at the old airport in Chennai has increased thereby making it a VIP airport of high profile.

As the model code of conduct is in effect, the flying squad is keen on having an eye over the air traffic as well.

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