Srinagar, September 25
International flight operations are likely to resume at the Srinagar airport as efforts are on to start services between here and Sharjah, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Saturday.
He also said the terminal at the Srinagar airport would be expanded from 25,000 sq m to 63,000 sq m.
“The first international flight connection from Srinagar to Sharjah (in the United Arad Emirates) will be started soon. Efforts are on so that international travellers come directly to Srinagar. This will be a historic decision, not just for Jammu and Kashmir, but the entire country,” Scindia told the media here.
There will be an investment of Rs 1,500 crore at the Srinagar airport, while Rs 600 crore will be spent on the Jammu airport.
“The Jammu airport will have a new 25,000-sq-m terminal, adding to the existing one,” the Union Minister said.
The runway at the Jammu airport has been extended to 8,000 feet and there will be no load penalty on flights at the airport from October 1, he said.
Meanwhile, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday discussed issues related to strengthening the aviation infrastructure in the union territory with Scindia. — TNS
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