Airport authorities here said that everything was ready on ground to start the night flights on Srinagar international Airport and that the authorities are waiting for airlines to submit a flying schedule to begin the process. All necessary permissions for night-landing operations have been granted and that extending hours of operations at Srinagar Airport will provide a great boost to aviation activities and tourism sector in Kashmir said the authorities.
Talking to the press, Director Srinagar Airport said that the Airports Authority of India was interested in starting the night flight operations as soon as possible.
“Everything is ready on the ground to start the night flights but we are waiting for airlines concerned to submit their proposals for starting the flights,” he said.
He further added that the Airports Authority of India is ready with the infrastructure needed to start the operations. “The state government is also ready,” the director maintained.
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 is expected to be extended till 10 pm.
The Srinagar airport, which was given international status in 2005 and is the main airport in the Kashmir Valley, handles 38 domestic flights a day. The only international flights operating from the airport are during the Haj pilgrimage.