Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Srinagar airport repairs likely to make travel costlier

Srinagar: Flyers might have to pay more for travel because Srinagar airport would be closed for air traffic after 3pm thrice a month for next five months beginning November 4 for runway repairs.
This is another setback for air travel. Earlier, authorities shelved the plan to operate night flights from the airport.
At present, flights land at the airport till 5:30 pm during winter months.
A notice by the Airports Authority of India has informed several airlines that the airport would be closed on three alternate Sundays from 3pm till the sunrise the next day.
A manager of an airline, requesting anonymity, said the afternoon slot is crucial during winter because foggy mornings often disrupt flight timings. He said airlines were already disappointed because the proposed plan to allow night flights has been put on the backburner.
“The decision to further reduce operational hours will hit flyers badly,” said the manager. 
Also, flight rush is the highest on Sundays, which makes fare rise inevitable, he said. This is also likely to hit winter tourist flow.
24/10/18 Saqib Malik/Grater Kashmir

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