In a significant development, authorities in Kashmir have started the night flight cargo services from the Srinagar Airport.
The development comes after India’s civil aviation authority approved the night flight operations from Sunday at the Srinagar Airport.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, PK Pole said after the Director-General of Civil Aviation approved the night flight operations, more flying hours and more flight movements will ensure. The flights will increase from 32 to around 40 in a day, he said.
He said the increase of flight operations will have a positive impact on the economy as far as tourism and trade is concerned.
Pole said, “The night flight cargo services will be used in transporting perishable fruits like cherry or other perishable items like flowers, which are fragile and will be transported in lesser time.”
Meanwhile, Director Srinagar International Airport, Santosh Dhoke, said the DGCA approved the night flight operations after two private airlines last week conducted successful nocturnal flights on a trial basis at the Srinagar Airport.
“So far GoAir and Indigo have applied for night flight operations and the proposals have been approved by DGCA,” he said.
Dhoke said the airline operation is based on traffic and other airlines can also apply for the night flight operation. “The airport authority at Srinagar Airport will welcome them,” he said.
Earlier, GoAir and Indigo Airlines held trial night flights from Srinagar Airport so as to check the technical feasibility after which the report was also to be submitted to DGCA for allocating the summer slot timing schedule.
Dhoke said that it is a milestone that the night flight operations have started and the potential of passengers is increasing at Srinagar Airport. “Today Srinagar Airport is witnessing around eleven thousand passengers a day as compared to seven to eight thousand passengers in before Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
“With the addition of more flying hours at Srinagar Airport, it will attract more tourism in the Valley, which is surely a good sign for rejuvenating the economy and people associated with the tourism industry,” he said.