SRINAGAR: Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight, which has completed one month of operation on November 23, is receiving a healthy response as the flight is currently witnessing around 90 per cent passenger occupancy.Sharjah -Srinagar flight was flagged-off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 23 but after few days Pakistan denied usage of its airspace for the flight, forcing the flight to adopt a bit longer route, but still it has gained much popularity among Kashmiri travelers.According to officials, as many as 5,000 passengers have travelled through Srinagar-Sharjah flight during last one month. “We have been operating 4 flights per week with almost 170 passenger occupancy in each flight. This direct flight, at present, is witnessing almost 90 per cent passenger occupancy and if all goes well, we expect that passenger footfalls will increase,” said an official.Prior to Srinagar-Sharjah flight, the first international flight from Srinagar Airport to Dubai was started on February 14, 2009 by Air India Express, but the once-a-week service was discontinued due to a low demand. It may be mentioned that the central government on October 6, 2021 declared Srinagar International Airport as ‘major airport’. This move had come just weeks after the Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated Srinagar-Sharjah international flight.Pertinently, Srinagar airport witnesses operations of almost 40 to 45 commercial flights every day. As per AAI data, the annual footfall of passengers at Srinagar is expected to increase from current 3 million to 5.2 million per annum. Similarly, a sharp increase has also been witnessed in air traffic at Airport. This year, during last seven months, as many as 13,351 flights operated to and from Airport in comparison to 5,130 flights, which operated from Airport during same period last year.According to officials, the steps taken by J&K government to sharply bring down Value Added Taxes and Sales Tax on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) for airlines operating in J&K region to 1 per cent have contributed a lot in increasing the number of passengers. These decisions were part of several measures taken by Government recently to promote air traffic to J&K besides boosting tourism and economic activities in the region.It may be mentioned that Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, during his recent visit to Kashmir, had announced that two new airport terminals would be setup in Jammu and Srinagar. With expected boost from arrival of tourists this winter, air traffic to Srinagar International Airport is expected to rise significantly and touch the highest mark, in comparison to number recorded during last several years.
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