Flights Take Off After Weeklong Disruption

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SRINAGAR – Air traffic was on Saturday afternoon resumed at Srinagar International Airport after remaining suspended for seven days due to poor visibility and snow, an airport official said.

He said following improvement in the visibility, first flight landed at the airport this afternoon. However, morning flight has been cancelled.

He said now more flights are landing at the airport smoothly. Air traffic at the airport remained suspended from December 7 due to dense fog. However, on December 6 as many as eleven flights operated in the afternoon after all morning flights were cancelled due to poor visibility.

Director Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke said that the flight operations resumed partially today as out of 28 flights scheduled to and from Srinagar, only 14 flights operated while rest 14 were cancelled due to poor visibility.

Thousands of passengers who were scheduled to travel to other parts of the country and abroad since December 7 were disappointed after their flights were cancelled. However, some of them later travelled by road to Jammu while others were reaching airport daily from different parts of the valley only to be told that flights have been cancelled in the evening.

Meanwhile, the airport authorities said they will request all airlines to operate additional flights to accommodate stranded passengers in Srinagar.

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