Tour Operators Dismayed At Cancellation of Night Flights to Srinagar

SRINAGAR — The members of Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) and J&K SKI and Mountaineering Association (JKSMA) are anguished on learning about the cancellation of night flights to Srinagar. 

In a joint meeting the members expressed anguish for this ‘unreasonable’ decision. They said it was only a month before when they had a successful test flight and decks were cleared by the competent authorities for night flights to take off and land at Srinagar International Airport.   

Rauf Tramboo, President ATOAK said, all our members were upbeat about the night flights and were preparing their winter products and formulating itineraries for their corporate clients who take weekend holidays and for foreign guests who land mostly in the afternoons at Delhi. 

“The night flights were going to help us in a big way, many of our members had already conveyed their principal agents about the commencement of these night flights which were going to make our tour packages cost effective, but this sudden decision not only disappointed our members but shocked us as well,” Rauf said.

Mohammad Yusuf President JKSMA said the decision of shelving the night flights to Srinagar is going to put us further into huge losses as tourist inflow to Valley is already on the low ebb. He appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to interfere into the matter and ask airline companies to start  night flight services to Srinagar without any further delay.


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