In August, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) operated a “successful” test Flight from Srinagar as the first step in its plan to start night operations from the Valley. Three months on, authorities are still waiting for airline operators to sign up.
“Everything is ready from our side. The test flight in August was successful and we are waiting for airlines to come forward. Our job is to provide the infrastructure, which is ready at the airport,” Akash Deep, director, Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport, told The Indian Express.
According to Deep, only one airline operator had expressed interest to start night flights. “The airline submitted a proposal a month-and-a-half ago. But there is no fresh update (from them) about when they are starting the flight,” he said.
Srinagar’s international airport belongs to the IAF, and the AAI manages the civilian enclave, which includes a passenger terminal building and a civil apron. According to Deep, the IAF has allowed flight operations in Srinagar till 8 pm. Read More
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