Saturday, February 25, 2017

Come March, 50 daily flights to arrive at Srinagar Airport

Sringar: After taking a nosedive due to last year unrest, air traffic to Kashmir may witness more than cent percent increase with a record number of 100 flights scheduled in and out at the Srinagar Airport beginning March.  
Seven airlines operating to Srinagar in their new schedule submitted to Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), New Delhi, have increased their number of flights to Srinagar taking the total count of daily arrivals to the capital city to 50.
The number of in an out flights, due to a drop in passenger flow to Srinagar had witnessed a sharp decrease to 40 after killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Prior to the unrest 76 in and out flights were operating at the Srinagar Airport. However, if the new proposal goes as it is planned, the number of new daily flights to and from Srinagar will be 100.
Director, Airports Authority of India, Srinagar, Sharad Kumar told Greater Kashmir that the scheduled 100 in and out flights at Srinagar Airport is a “milestone” and a “challenge” for which infrastructure at the airport is being upgraded. “The check-in counters have been increased and the boarding gates also have to be increased in order to cater to the increased passenger flow. If things fall into place as planned and the submitted schedule is followed by the airlines then this would be for the first time that we will have 100 flights operating at the Srinagar International Airport,” Kumar said.
25/02/17 Saqib Malik/Greater Kashmir