Night Flights At Srinagar, Jammu Airports Soon: GoI

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Srinagar: The Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday that efforts were afoot to complete the lighting project at the earliest at the Srinagar airport to facilitate flights during low visibility round-the-year through concerted coordination with Indian Air Force.

In a meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Wednesday, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Pradip Singh said that to improve night-visibility at the Srinagar Airport, efforts are afoot to complete the lighting project at the earliest which would facilitate flights during low visibility round-the-year through concerted coordination with Indian Air Force.

“Similarly, the ongoing air-strip repair works at Jammu Airport will be completed this week followed by installation of lights by the month end to enable operation of night flights at Jammu Airport,” Singh said, as per an official spokesperson.

Chief Secretary, J&K, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Advisor to LG Ladakh, Umang Narula, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare also participated in the meeting in which Bhalla reviewed the implementation of various schemes in Civil Aviation, Agriculture and Horticulture sectors in the two Union territories of Jammu &Kashmir, and Ladakh.

During the meeting, the official spokesperson said that detailed deliberations were held on the possibility of operationalizing commercial flights at night hours at the airports of Srinagar and Jammu by incorporating suitable facilities and arrangements.

“J&K Chief Secretary apprised the Union Home Secretary that infrastructural and technical facilities exist at Srinagar Airport to operate flights up to 10:00 pm. However, during winter months visibility is greatly reduced causing interruptions to air connectivity,” he said.

He further added that it was also informed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation is planning to establish international air connectivity through the Srinagar Airport which currently operates international flights for Hajj pilgrimage only.

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