It will soon be easier to travel to Srinagar, the summer capital of the very picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state sees a stream of tourists in the summer season, especially from northern India that sees scorching summers every year. Seven more flights on the Srinagar route will be added to make it easy for travellers, taking the total number of daily flights to Srinagar to 38.
The airport facility at Srinagar sees around 2.3 million passengers in a year, mostly in the summers, and the move will take the number further up. With the planned flights in place, the local economy that thrives on tourism is also expected to see substantial gains. The move is also expected to bring down the rather steep airfares for the route.
As per an official’s statement from the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the seven new flights will comprise of a Delhi-Srinagar flight by AirAsia and three by Jet Airways. An Air India flight has also been introduced on the route. The move has come at the behest of the Union Aviation Ministry, which called for a meeting with various airlines representatives, asking each to ensure affordable flights to Srinagar.
A proposal of night flights has also been made to ease the traffic on the air route, and make it convenient for tourists from all across the country. If implemented, a dream trip to the very stunning Kashmir will be easier than ever before.