SXR-DXB on cards too
Nights landing at Sgr within few months: MoS Civil Aviation
SXR-DXB on cards too
FaisulYaseenSrinagar, Dec 07:
Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation, JayantSinha Thursday said Srinagar airport would get night landing facility soon and international flights from next tourist season.
Addressing the ‘Ideas Summit 2017’ organised by Foundation for Research, Development and Education (FRDE) at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, he said the Srinagar airport would get night landing facilities within around two months.
Despite the nod of the Union Defence Ministry, so far operation of night flights has not materialised at the Srinagar airport.
Following pressure from civil society as well as tourism stakeholders, the State government had pleaded its case for night flights before the Union Defence Ministry to get nod for them for operation of night flights.
The Srinagar airport is under the control of Indian Air Force (IAF).
Sinha said Kashmir would also get direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, around May 2018, at the start of the next tourism season.
He said Government of India (GoI) was also exploring the possibility of having a direct flight to Srinagar from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
If it materializes, Dubai would become the second destination besides Kulalumpur to have direct connectivity with Srinagar.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had written a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok GajapathiRaju saying the beginning of flights between the countries of the 10-member ASEAN grouping and Srinagar would give the desired push to the State’s tourism industry.
“The operation of flights from and to cities like Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore and other cities in the region will have a positive impact on the tourism industry and bolster the State’s economy,” Mehbooba had written in the letter.
Sinha said GoI would also set up a flight training school in Kashmir.
He said besides providing training to the aspiring pilots and cabin crew, the government would keep a flight training simulator at the school.
The Civil Aviation minister said there were opportunities for Kashmiri youth as cabin crew and the school could polish their skills.
He said aviation was going to be the force multiplier for Jammu Kashmir economy.
Sinha also said more airports would be set up in Jammu Kashmir besides the already three functional airports in Srinagar, Jammu and Leh.
Earlier, Director FRDE Sheikh Khalid Jehangir, Vice Chairman of J&K Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) and the rightwingBharatiyaJanata Party (BKJP) spokesman urged Sinha to heed to the demands of the locals of starting night flight to-and-fro Srinagar.