SRINAGAR: Now travelers can take an evening flight from Srinagar to Delhi, with the norms being relaxed in this regard.
The first evening flight of GoAir was flagged off by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti from Srinagar International Airport, marking a significant development which is expected to go a long way in boosting tourism and help expansion of economic activity in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, she said the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Air Force (IAF), on the request of the state government, have agreed to allow flight operations from Srinagar Airport up to 10 pm and the operators should now take advantage of this extended flight operation timing especially in the summer season, when there is maximum tourist inflow to Kashmir.
Mehbooba said the government is working with various airlines and the Centre to connect Srinagar and Jammu airports with other cities of the country through direct flights and also start international flights from Srinagar airport.
GoAir will operate the flight at 6.40 pm daily for New Delhi, an official spokesman said.
The Chief Minister was informed that 34 flights were operating from the airport daily.
Mehbooba appreciated GoAir for starting the evening flight and expressed hope that more operators would start early morning and late evening flights to and from the airport.
She urged GoAir to start late afternoon flight between Srinagar and Jammu as most of the people, including government officials, regularly travel on this sector.
She said discussions were on with various airlines to carry fresh flowers from Srinagar to New Delhi and Mumbai to boost the floriculture sector in Kashmir. -PTI