Srinagar Airport to Receive 13 Flights Daily From Monday

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Srinagar: The Srinagar International Airport will operate as many as 13 inbound and outbound flights from Monday, after a break of nearly two months since the pan-India lockdown imposed by Modi-government began on March 25.

In total, 13 flights of four major airline players will operate at the Srinagar International Airport from Monday, official sources told Kashmir Observer. Among the private airliners, Air Asia will have the first inbound and outbound flight at the Srinagar International Airport. The first t to land in Srinagar will be Air Asia’s flight I5712 at 7:25 morning. It will be also the first flight to depart to New Delhi from Srinagar at 7:55 am.

Another low carrier airline Spice Jet will operate four daily flights between Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi-Jammu and Srinagar-Jammu sectors. The two direct flights to New Delhi will depart at 12:35 and 16:05 hours from Srinagar, while another via Jammu will take off at 11:50 morning. The direct flight to Jammu will also depart around 11:50 morning.

Indigo will operate three flights, all in the afternoon for New Delhi and Mumbai sectors. The first Indigo flight to New Delhi will depart from Srinagar airport at 2:50 and the second will take off for Mumbai at 3:00 pm.

Indigo’s flight 6E-2197 will be the last flight of the day to take off from Srinagar at 5:15 pm.

Tata SIA Airlines Limited, operating as Vistara will operate two daily flights to and fro Srinagar.

Besides it, Srinagar International Airport will also receive three flights from the government run Indian Airlines.

However, the resumption of airlines has posed a challenge to the private airliners, as the occupancy rates are beyond expectations.

“No airliner has 100 percent occupancy. We are starting with two flights and more or less half occupancy,” an Indigo official told Kashmir Observer.

He said the occupancy rate will be low in the initial days, as many people stranded in other parts of the country will examine the resumption of services before taking flights back home.

“People will wait and watch before booking flights. It will take some time to get back to normal working,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government issued a circular today informing that all the people returning to Jammu and Kashmir by road, train or air will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 tests.

 “All passengers/returnees coming to UT of J&K, whether by road, rail or air will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 test following which they will be under administrative quarantine, for 14 days, till the test result is negative, in which case they are released for Home Quarantine, or positive, in which case they are sent to a COVID hospital for recovery and treatment” the circular reads.

A local news agency reported that the administration has also decided to offer paid quarantine facilities to the fliers at Srinagar, Jammu, Gulmarg and Katra in private hotels.

According to the report, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development Department Dheeraj Gupta has been appointed as nodal officer for Srinagar airport arrivals.

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