Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jammu airport to be shut from October 1

Jammu: With the Airport Authority of India (AAI) deciding to shut the Jammu airport for at least 15 days from October 1 to resurface the runway, the authorities seem to be in a fix to deal with the situation arising out after suspension of all commercial flights.
On an average, at least 24 commercial flights (Indian Airlines, Go Air, Vistara, Indigo, Go India and others) operate from the Jammu airport for Delhi, Srinagar, Mumbai, Bathinda, Lucknow and some other cities on a daily basis.
If sources are to be believed, the authorities are exploring the options of operating some aircraft from Udhampur or Pathankot as alternate arrangements to deal with VVIP and emergency visits during the period of resurfacing of the runway.
Sources said the proposed closure of the Jammu airport had nothing to do with its expansion as the Indian Air Force (IAF) would do resurfacing of the runway.
“The airport will remain closed for all flights for 15 days from October 1. The decision with regard to alternate arrangements is to be taken by the administration. We are in constant touch with them (administration),” Pravat Ranjan Beuria, Airport Director told The Tribune.
22/08/19 Arteev Sharma/Tribune
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