Night flying operations to begin at Srinagar airport
"We are ready as far as infrastructure and security is concerned," director of the Srinagar international airport Aakash Deep Mathur said.
At present, the last flight from the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir takes off at 5.45 pm. Once night flying operations begin, this will be extended till 10 pm, said Mathur, who recently took over as director of the Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport.
Srinagar airport, which was given international status in 2005 and is the main airport in Kashmir Valley, handles 38 domestic flights a day. The only international flights operating from the airport are during the Haj pilgrimage.
The Centre recently decided to finalize the operations and asked the IAF to clear the decks for night flights after state Governor N N Vohra took up the matter with the ministries of defense and civil aviation, officials said.
The increase in flying hours is likely to boost the tourism sector in the state. However, airport authorities may not allow night flights during winters as part of safety measures against snow and fog, officials said.
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