Friday, October 26, 2018

Lukewarm Response By Airlines Bars Sgr Night Flights

Srinagar: Different Airlines have shown a lukewarm response to start the night flights at Srinagar International Airport with only three carriers agreeing to com­mence the service even as the regulatory authority Airport Au­thority of India (AAI) was ready for the operations.

The Airport was cleared for night operations after first trial run of landing and take off of a commercial aircraft in August. Director Srinagar Airport Aakash Deep Mathur said that the AAI was keen on “starting the night flight operations as soon as pos­sible.” Sources said that the Air­lines which have opted for the night flight slots were GoAir, In­diGo and Air India.

“Everything is ready on the ground to start the night flights. Even the GoAir has already agreed to start evening flights. We are waiting for other airlines to submit their proposals for starting the flights,” he said.

He further added that the AAI has readied the infrastructure to start the operations. “The state government is also ready. The night flight operations have been delayed only because the Airlines are yet to submit their,” he said.

The Director added that all “necessary permissions for night-landing operations have been granted and extending hours of operations at Srinagar Airport will provide a great boost to aviation activities and tourism sector in Kashmir”.
26/10/18 Kashmir Observer

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