In a much-needed boost to the tourism sector, night flight operations have started at Srinagar airport bringing cheers to the travel and hospitality sector in the Kashmir Valley.
The first direct evening flight of IndiGo with 184 passengers onboard from Bengaluru landed at Srinagar airport on March 29 which was warmly received by Director Tourism Kashmir Dr. GN Itoo along with Director AAI, Srinagar, and senior officers from the Tourism Department.
Both the evening and the direct flight from a major city like Bengaluru will go a long way in attracting more tourists to the Valley.
Welcoming the development, Director Tourism Kashmir said evening and also direct flights from major cities will give a major fillip to the Valley’s tourism sector.
“We have been pursuing direct and the evening flights for a long time which has now got materialized. There are many travelers, especially business class who fly by evening flights to save time. These flights will further increase the tourists’ influx to Kashmir and boost JK’s economy,” said Dr. GN Itoo.
Earlier also GoAir ran a test trial for evening flights and successfully landed at Srinagar. The GoAir has also announced non-stop operations from major cities including Ahmedabad.
Director Tourism Kashmir said with the introduction of the evening flights, around 42 flights operate at Srinagar airport daily. “We are hopeful that more airlines will follow the suit as we are expecting good tourist footfall in coming months. We have been promoting Kashmir’s varied tourism products among travelers through our marketing campaigns across many cities of the country. We received a good response and tourists are flying in in good numbers.”
Notably, after the travel restrictions were eased in India, Kashmir has witnessed an overwhelming footfall of tourists, especially during winter months due to frequent snowfall which acted as a major attraction for the travelers.
The Department also organized many festivals and events at Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Doodhpathri, Badamwari in addition to organizing around 20 roadshows in different cities in the country which helped promote the JK tourism sector in a big way.