One might soon be able to take night flights to Srinagar as Srinagar airport has approved the operation in night till 10 pm. Currently, the last flight in Srinagar airport lands at 5:15 PM, while the last outbound flight is at 5:45 PM, PTI reported.
All the requited infrastructure has been placed at the airport and a test flight has been conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The airport is run by the IAF but the civil operations are managed by Airport Authority of India.
Srinagar airport, which was given international status in 2005 and is the main airport in Kashmir Valley, handles 38 domestic flights a day. The only international flights operating from the airport are during the Haj pilgrimage.
The proposal for night flights in Srinagar was mooted by the Omar Abdullah-led government in 2011 but was kept in abeyance as the strategically located airport is also used by the Indian Air Force.
The Centre recently decided to finalise the operations and asked the IAF to clear the decks for night flights after state Governor NN Vohra took up the matter with the ministries of defence and civil aviation, officials said.
The increase in flying hours is likely to boost the tourism sector in the state. However, airport authorities may not allow night flights during snow and fog.