Srinagar: The director of the Srinagar airport has assured that night flights will be started soon as all necessary arrangements have been made. This was informed at a meeting held at Srinagar airport on Friday which was chaired by National Conference chief and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah. The Deputy Commissioner Budgam and leaders of trade and tourism organisations also participated in the meeting.
Director of Srinagar airport Akash Deep Mathur informed in the meeting that AirAsia has shown interest in operating direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Srinagar. He said that the government is considering giving the go-ahead to the airlines.
Mathur also informed that a baggage collection centre would be set up in the city where travellers can check in their baggage and proceed to the airport.
“Work on the Kargil airport is in the final stages and the airport will be made operational soon,” Mathur said in the meeting.
For operation of international flights, Mathur said, a new terminal was being constructed for which shuttle services will be run by airlines.
President of J&K Hotel and Restaurant Association (JKHARA) Showkat M Chowdhary urged the airport authorities to increase the frequency of flights between Srinagar and Jammu in view of the frequent road closures and heavy rush on the highway during winter months. He also suggested widening the road leading to the airport so that travellers don’t get stuck in traffic jams.
Chowshary requested that local vendors should be given a chance to have shops at the airport terminal where Kashmiri art and craft could be sold.
The meeting was also attended by presidents of KCCI, TASK, TAAK, and KHAROF.
The JKHARA delegation included its general Secretary Adil Khan and joint secretary Shahjahan.