Int’l Flights from Srinagar Unlikely For Now

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Srinagar: Minister of Civil Aviation Government of India P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that direct flights from Srinagar to International destinations at Srinagar Airport depend on commercial viability and as the routes will develop, the direct operations may be considered.

In response to a quarry raised by social activist MM Shujah under Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Minister of Civil Aviation Government of India in his response has said that commencement of any operations of airline depends upon the commercial viability of airlines. “At present the market potential for direct flight from Srinagar to International destinations is not sufficient to cater direct operations. Presently Indian carriers-Air India and Jet Airways are following hub and spoke model. As the routes will develop, in future depending on commercial viability the direct operations may be considered,” the Minister according to CNS has said.

The response under RTI Act from Minister of Civil Aviation Government of India P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju has revealed that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also in two different written communiqué to the GoI pitched for the commencement of international flights from Srinagar International Airport.

“The proposal would give much needed impetus to tourism and trade and unlock gainful opportunities for the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are passing through a difficult phase. This would also meet the outstanding demand of the people of J&K, particularly of business and industry, of integrating economic activities with the rest of the world for the overall growth of the state’s economy,” Mehbooba Mufti in her communiqué had stated.

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