Trial run for night flights at Srinagar airport today


The trial run for night flights at Srinagar international airport would be conducted on Thursday and the operations are likely to start from 10 August.  
A high level team of directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) and officials of airport authority of India (AAI) would conduct the trial run on Thursday.  “After successful conduct of the trial, the night flights will officially start from August 10,” said a senior official.
He said a team of DGCA and AAI would fly in a flight from New Delhi to inspect facilities and lighting system installed at aerodrome.
“We are hopeful that flight operation during evening hours will go on smoothly following which night flight will be started,” the official said, adding all measures including lighting system on runway has been updated to ensure night landing.
Airport director, AAI, Akash Deep Mathur said two airliners – GoAir and IndiGo have already agreed to start evening flights. He confirmed that night operation would start from August 10, adding they have got all necessary permissions for night operations.
He hoped that extending hours of operations would provide boost to aviation activities and tourism sector in Kashmir. At present flight landings at the airport stop at 5:30 pm during winters and 7:30 pm in summer. 
The director said decision to start night landing was taken after stakeholders including Indian Air Force (IAF) and officials from divisional administration met here on Tuesday.  
The Airport is under direct operational control of IAF which controls its air traffic and landing strip and also facilities of fire-fighting and crash activities, apart from airspace. The terminal building comprising passengers check-in and check-out and the apron area where an aircraft is parked, is however controlled by the AAI.

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