Ministry of Civil Aviation approves five Srinagar-Sharjah flights per week
LG thanks PM; says necessary steps being taken to strengthen air connectivity for growing tourism, industry sectors
Jammu: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved the Srinagar-Sharjah flights to the extent of five flights per week on a regular basis, an official press release informed Friday.
Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha expressed gratitude to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and observed that regular international flights between Srinagar and Sharjah will help in boosting trade and tourism, the press release said.
It said the LG further noted that the UT administration, Ministry of Civil Aviation under Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister for Civil Aviation is taking necessary steps on priority to strengthen air connectivity to cater to the growing tourism and industry sectors.
Pertinently, the direct air link between the Valley and the UAE was revived after 11 years in October last year by the Home Minister and the facility has immense potential to strengthen J&K’s ties with the Gulf region, creating market linkages and enabling direct export of J&K’s agriculture, horticulture and handicraft products.
The UT administration has taken several steps to ensure that air traffic to the Jammu, Srinagar airports would grow unhindered in the future, the press release said.
It said Jammu airport recently achieved a milestone by recording the highest-ever footfall at 1.54 lakh passengers in the month of March on 1346 flights.
Similarly, more than 5,85,653 tourists have visited the Kashmir valley between January to 27th April this year, which is five times more than the last year’s figure of 1.26 lakh during the same period, it said.