Take any early morning or late evening train to Surat from Mumbai, and the majority of your fellow passengers will be businesspeople.Strategically positioned on Gujarat’s west coast and on the banks of River Tapti, the city has been attracting merchants for centuries as a centre for trading spice and textiles. Business first arrived by boat, then by train, and, finally, via the city’s airport. However, services to the last have been drastically reduced in recent months, ever since an inbound Spicejet flight from Delhi hit a buffalo wandering across the runway in November. Since then, Surat airport has worked hard to rebuild its perimeter wall and, hopefully, more flights will return soon.
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