International flight operations set to begin from Srinagar
Srinagar : Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday announced that international flight operations will soon start from Srinagar. The first international flight service will be for Sharjah.
He also mentioned that the current terminal which is 25,000 square metre will be expanded to 63,000 square metre.
"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 whole country," Scindia told reporters here.
He announced that a total of Rs 1500 crores will be spent on Srinagar airport, and Rs 600 crores will be utilized to upgrade Jammu airport.
"The Jammu airport will have a new 25,000 square metre terminal, adding to the existing one," the Union minister said.
The runway at Jammu airport has also been extended by 8,000 feet and there will be no load penalty on flights at the airport from October 1, he said.
The minister said a new cargo terminal at the Srinagar airport, constructed at a cost of ₹15 crore, will be made functional on October 1.