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Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight a success for economy of J&K

Last Updated on March 29, 2022 at 8:22 pm

The Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight has been a runaway success for the economy of Jammu and Kashmir as the initiative is boosting both tourism as well as trade here.

The Flight has gained popularity among travellers of J&K who are residing in middle east besides a large number of international tourists have started visiting J&K directly from UAE.

The flight was flagged-off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 23, reviving the direct air link between the valley and the UAE after 11 years. “We declare it open from today. This will help in boosting tourism and bring more investment in the Union Territory,” the Home Minister said at the inauguration event.

 Despite witnessing initial hiccups, the flight operating from a longer route now has gained popularity among Kashmiri travellers.

The first flight, operated by Go First, took off for Sharjah at 6.30 pm IST and landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) around 9 pm IST.

As per the officials, thousands of passengers including people of Kashmir and tourists have travelled on the route since the inauguration of the flight by the Home Minister. The Srinagar-Sharjah flight is taking an extra 40 minutes after Pakistan refused to allow the use of its airspace. However, flights have good occupancy despite the hurdle created by Pakistan.

The flight has also gained popularity among the trade fraternity also. A senior Trade union leader said that trade fraternity is happy about the initiative from Lieutenant Governor and supported by central Government. He hoped that more flights are started from Srinagar airport to international destinations.

Direct international flights as well as international cargo operations of Go First between Srinagar and Sharjah, resumed operations after a break owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. “GoFirst flight G8 1595, after a hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, departed from Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar at 19:45 hours and arrived in Sharjah at 22:30 hours. On the return, GoFirst flight G8 4095 will operate from Sharjah International Airport at 00:05 hrs and arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at 05:10 hrs. Go First will operate two flights a week between Srinagar and Sharjah,” said the airline spokesman.

He added that the resumption of operations in this sector will boost trade and tourism between Jammu and Kashmir and the UAE as both are popular holiday destinations.